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The violence in Côte d'Ivoire has gotten so that women sitting at a vegetable stall mid-afternoon can end up in pools of blood on the ground in an instant.
A mortar attack that killed at least 25 people in the commercial capital Abidjan on 17 March came from military forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo and “could constitute a crime against humanity”, says the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI).
CARE is scaling up our response to help people affected by the post-election violence in Côte d'Ivoire that has besieged the country for months.
Côte d'Ivoire has been in the grip of a political crisis since a disputed election between Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara last year. Despite reports that the crisis might be coming to an end, fighting continues.
Côte d'Ivoire, the world's biggest cocoa producer, has been in turmoil since early December when President Laurent Gbagbo refused leave office despite opposition leader Alassane Ouattara's UN-certified victory in November's run-off election. If the situation worsens, the number of refugees in Liberia could increase dramatically.
The two women from Egypt had just started their presentation Monday when Leymah Gbowee spoke up from the audience. “I'm sorry to break up this meeting, but I cannot contain my joy,'' said the peace activist from Liberia. “The president of Ivory Coast has just been captured!''
Forces loyal to President-elect Alassane Ouattara killed hundreds of civilians, raped more than 20 alleged supporters of his rival, Laurent Gbagbo, and burned at least 10 villages in Cote d'Ivoire's far western region, Human Rights Watch said today. Forces loyal to Gbagbo killed more than 100 presumed Ouattara supporters as Ouattara's forces advanced in their March campaign.
Late in the afternoon on November 29, former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo was removed from his prison cell in the dusty northern town of Korhogo and served with an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC). He was then put aboard a plane to The Hague, where he now faces four counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, and persecution.
Women from across West Africa on Wednesday pleaded with Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to double their efforts in restoring peace to Cote D'Ivoire immediately.
In the aftermath of post-election violence here, almost 18 thousand people -- 70 per cent of them women, children and older persons – have been temporarily re-settled in the Western part of the country, fleeing from clashes between communities in the city of Duékoué. Another 30,000 have fled to Liberia.
Authorities in Côte d'Ivoire and Nigeria should investigate and close down networks that traffic Nigerian women and girls to Côte d'Ivoire for forced prostitution, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch also called for collaboration among regional neighbors to improve border efforts to combat trafficking.
IRIN's series of revised briefings takes a look at the handling of the crisis by the UN, regional bodies the African Union (AU) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), western governments, and the European Union (EU), while also looking at the economic, human rights and humanitarian consequences of the breakdown.
The adoption by Côte d'Ivoire's parliament of a law on equality between legally married couples has sparked anger, especially among religious people. For them, this law will create more problems in the home than it will solve.
A group of 15 policewomen became the first all-women team to deploy with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast, a police adviser said.
By Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda*
My heart is reaching out to my sisters in Cote d'Ivoire. I had hoped that in this new decade, we continue to build on a positive narrative and image of a great continent!