Violence resurfaces in Ivory Coast
Violence resurfaces in Ivory CoastWhat is behind the country’s growing instability?
In the past two weeks, at least six attacks against the Ivorian military and other targets around Abidjan have been reported. The renewed instability comes more than a year after over 3,000 people were killed during post-election violence between supporters of President Alassane Ouattara and ex-president Laurent Gbagbo. Many believe the current crisis is a result of unresolved social and political tensions stemming from even before the controversial 2010 election.
In addition, the continued strife in the country's west is driving more Ivorians to flee into neighbouring countries and prompting observers to question if the nation could slip back into civil war.
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Jean-Gervais Tcheide of the Ivorian Popular Front; Abdul Karim Bangura, professor at Howard University; and Matt Wells of Human Rights Watch.
What do you think? Can Ivory Coast move beyond its deep political divisions and avoid further violence? Or is the nation ripe for war? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using #AJStream.
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