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Internal displacement in Côte d’Ivoire: a protection crisis

With the deepening political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire raising fears of a return to all-out conflict, the country’s estimated 500,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) face an increasingly precarious future. While South Africa’s mediation efforts have failed to narrow the gap between the government of President Laurent Gbagbo and the rebel Forces Nouvelles, and the transition period after the collapsed October 2005 elections giving particular cause for concern, many UN agencies and NGOs in the country have been finalising contingency plans for the “worst case scenario” entailing massive displacement and refugee flows into neighbouring countries.

07 November 2005 | Country Profile

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Profile of Internal Displacement: Cote d'Ivoire (November 2005)

With the deepening political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire raising fears of a return to all-out conflict, the country’s estimated 500,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) face an increasingly precarious future. While South Africa’s mediation efforts have failed to narrow the gap between the government of President Laurent Gbagbo and the rebel Forces Nouvelles, and the transition period after the collapsed October 2005 elections giving particular cause for concern, many UN agencies and NGOs in the country have been finalising contingency plans for the “worst case scenario” entailing massive displacement and refugee flows into neighbouring countries.

07 November 2005 | Country Profile

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Profile of Internal Displacement: Cote d'Ivoire (May 2005)

After more than two years of intermittent conflict that effectively split Côte d’Ivoire in half and sparked fears of ethnic cleansing, the country’s 500,000 IDPs may finally have a glimmer of hope for a more peaceful future. A shaky peace process, pushed in recent months by South African president Thabo Mbeki, has gained some momentum. Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo has bowed to international pressure to allow his main rival, Alassane Ouattara, to stand against him in elections scheduled for October 2005.

10 May 2005 | Country Profile

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Profile of Internal Displacement: Cote d'Ivoire (October 2004)

More than two years after the attempted coup that effectively split Côte d’Ivoire in half, the faltering peace process has once again all but collapsed – dashing hopes of safe and sustainable return for some 500,000 internally displaced Ivorians.

19 October 2004 | Country Profile

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Profile of Internal Displacement: Cote d'Ivoire (June 2004)

Since Côte d’Ivoire’s faltering peace process all but collapsed with the violent suppression of an opposition demonstration in Abidjan in March 2004, when government security forces and allied militia killed at least 120 civilians, the deteriorating security situation has further endangered thousands of already vulnerable internally displaced people (IDPs) throughout the country.

24 June 2004 | Country Profile

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Profile of internal displacement Cote d'Ivoire

Many thousands of people have fled fighting, hardship and demolition of their houses in Cote d'Ivoire since a military uprising in September. Displaced civilians remain vulnerable, as the crisis looks set to deepen in the region.

02 December 2002 | Country Profile

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