"Gbagbo supporters in Yopougon are taking refuge in churches"
Eloi D. lives in the mostly pro-Gbagbo neighbourhood of Yopougon, in the north-west of Abidjan.
Throughout the post-electoral crisis, the neighbourhood of Yopougon was subjected to violence committed by pro-Gbagbo militias. Some men were even burned alive
because they were suspected of being part of the RHDP, Alassane Ouattara's party. Now the fear has switched to the other side. Many Gbagbo supporters have fled their homes to take refuge in the nearby Catholic churches.
The only people left in my neighbourhood are RHDP sympathizers, as well as those known as ‘republicans’, meaning the residents who supported Gbagbo but accepted Ouattara's victory. There are also some foreign mercenaries brought to the Ivory Coast by Gbagbo. They can be heard shooting in the air to cause panic and they loot the houses of those who have left the neighbourhood.
Yopougon has still not been secured by the FRCI. Half-burnt corpses are strewn about the streets. It is chaos.
As opposed to Marcoury or Treichville, our community is hemmed in, we are far from the port and we are the last to receive provisions. Even oil is now hard to come by. The price of rice has shot up from 250 CFA francs (0.37 euros) per kilo to 1200 CFA francs (1.83 euros). We are hungry, but it is impossible to go shopping in the other neighbourhoods because the transport system has ground to a halt.."