Ivorian attacks against Gbagbo and his supporters intensify | Young Academic World News

Young Academic has been made aware of some worrying news from the Ivory Coast. Although we are the national student news service, we feel that some current affairs stories as well as global and national news just needs to be reported.

Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and his supporters are at risk of violence from protesters and militants in the East African country. New President Alassane Ouattara called on Monday for the hostility to come to an ends but reports are suggesting this has been ignored.

“Abstain from all forms of reprisals and violence” Ouattara said earlier in the week.

Yesterday saw military forces carrying out searches in the homes of supposed Gbagbo followers in such areas as Koumassi and Yopougon, seemingly discarding any orders from the Ivorian government.

“Serious human rights violations committed by Laurent Gbagbo and his supporters, as well as those committed by forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, must be tackled and the perpetrators brought to justice.”


Charities such as Amnesty International have been attempting to find the truth from locals and have been told how officials from the former Presidents ethnic group have been taken from their homes and shot.

Veronique Aubert, Amnesty International’s Deputy Africa Editor had the following to say; “Dozens of young people are going into hiding in Abidjan out of fear for their lives. In the western part of the country people suspected of being pro-Gbagbo are also terrified. Many are hiding in the bush after their villages were burned down and they need to be protected.”

Amnesty has learned that the village of Zikisso, 300 km west of Abidjan, has been attacked several times, including last Sunday, by armed forces allegedly loyal to President Alassane Ouattara. The village chief, Gnagbo Matthias, was abducted by these forces Monday and is reportedly being held in the town of Lakota.

Humanitarian conditions are rapidly deteriorating in a Catholic mission in Duékoué (600 km west of Abidjan) where 27,500 people took refuge after hundreds of people were killed on the basis of their ethnic origin or presumed political affiliation.

Aubert went on to state; “They are trapped in overcrowded and appalling conditions, having fled their homes after atrocious abuses were carried out by both parties to the conflict. The local authorities are telling the displaced people that they can return to their villages, but people are afraid of reprisals and refuse to leave the camp. These people need proper shelter and protection from the UN mission in Ivory Coast (UNOCI).

“Only justice and protection can bring an end to the climate of fear in Ivory Coast. Alassane Ouattara must establish law and order in the country by giving strong instructions to all his forces to respect human rights and prevent abuses by anyone.”

“Serious human rights violations committed by Laurent Gbagbo and his supporters, as well as those committed by forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, must be tackled and the perpetrators brought to justice.”

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Charles Whitworth is the Editor of the Young Academic publications.

Graduating from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 2008, Charles learned his trade in newsrooms such as IPC Media and Sky.

He has now developed as a top sports, music and current affairs journalist and has been printed in a range of publications including The Guardian. His interests include Cricket, Football, Rugby, Music and Current Affairs.

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