Ivory Coast

Three years after civil war, how close is Ivory Coast to reconciliation?


Three years after the post-electoral crisis that has sent Ivory Coast into civil war, how far along is the country on the path to reconciliation? Have former combatants been reintegrated? Are partisans of former president Laurent Gbagbo still excluded from society? What do students, who represent Ivory Coast’s future, think of their universities? Our Observers answered all these questions. Read more...

Abidjan hospital slammed after young model’s death

 
Awa Fadiga, 23, was a model. She was attacked on Sunday evening and subsequently dropped off at the emergency room at the University Hospital Centre of Cocody in Abidjan. Just over 36 hours later, she died there. Her relatives claim that she spent the night without any care because she couldn’t pay for it on the spot. Our Observer, a doctor in Abidjan, is not surprised at this allegation. Read more...
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Children exploited by cocoa traffickers in western Ivory Coast

 
Our Observer has witnessed Burkinabe children working and living in terrible conditions in Mount Peko national park in western Ivory Coast. These children, many of whom are around 10 or 11 years old, are treated like slaves by cocoa traffickers. Read more...
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Crocodiles on the streets of Ivory Coast's Abidjan

Locals in the Ivory Coast’s largest city have become the reluctant hosts of a certain reptilian guest: the crocodile. One of our Observers sent us a scary-looking photo of one that had ventured into the road outside a petrol station. Read more...
 

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Fulani herders and Malinke farmers clash in northern Ivory Coast

 
In the city of Kong, in northern Ivory Coast, tensions are running high between Fulani herders and Malinke farmers. On the night of December 11 to 12, skirmishes led to beatings and the burning of homes, as our Observer's photos show. Read more...
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Five years of the Observers: Thank you everybody!

 
Five years! Exactly five years ago today, the Observers was launched for the very first time. We would like to celebrate this with you as we reflect on the path we’ve travelled together, and look forward to some of our new projects. Read more...
 
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How a France 24 journalist became a scam artist - without knowing it

 
Last Friday, I received a phone call at work from a man who asked me right off the bat, "Are you the person who is sending me threats by email?" He then added: "This is about that video of me naked." I had no idea what he was talking about. So I asked this man some more questions, and learned his strange story. Read more...
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High rewards, but high risk: Illegal gold mining in Ivory Coast

 
A rockslide killed at least seven people last week in an illegal gold mine in a remote region of Ivory Coast. In this mine, Ivorian and foreign workers alike risk their lives every day to scrounge up a couple grams of the precious metal. Read more...
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“I used savings to bail out my hotel”

 
For the third part of our series “Our Observers Balance Their Books”, we talked to Younousse Lamine Sakho, who has been a hotel manager in Abidjan since 1998. With a monthly salary of €533, he has to be extremely careful with his spending to stay afloat at the end of the month. He is calling for political action to save the Ivorian hotel industry. Read more...
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Amputee Ivorian war veteran fights for compensation

 
It’s been a year and a half since Ivory Coast’s post-election crisis ended, but many former soldiers are still waiting for the government to compensate them for the injuries incurred during the conflict. Our Observer, who served in the armed forces that supported now-President Alassane Ouattara, describes how the conflict has turned his life upside down. Read more...
 
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