Black People : Tragic killings in Côte d’Ivoire this week

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  1. Kwango_Likemba

    Kwango_Likemba Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    (New York, June 3, 2005) —Amid the latest wave of ethnic violence
    in Côte d'Ivoire's western cocoa belt, which has claimed 58 lives this
    week, the United Nations Security Council must urgently boost its
    peacekeeping force in the country by 2,000 troops, Human Rights
    Watch said. Today the Security Council will discuss the mission's

    The Ivorian government must take concrete steps to stop the deadly
    cycle of communal violence around the western town of Duékoué,
    which is in the government-controlled part of the country, including by
    bringing the perpetrators to justice.

    In the past week alone, renewed clashes between local indigenous
    groups and farm workers from the north and neighboring countries
    have brought the total number of dead in western Côte d'Ivoire since
    February to at least 89. Ethnic tension in this fertile cocoa-producing
    region predates the civil war between northern-based rebels and the
    Ivorian government, which is primarily composed of officials from the
    south and west.

    Despite the end of the war in 2003, tension has remained high between
    indigenous groups in the west and the northern and foreign-born
    workers who for decades have worked on the local cacao plantations.
    In recent years, this tension has been both exploited and exacerbated
    by the country's political and military divisions.

    All that stands between the northern-based rebels and the government
    forces are a U.N. force of some 6,000 peacekeeping troops and a
    French force of 4,000 more heavily armed soldiers under separate
    command. The United Nations has said this is too small a force to
    maintain peace and protect civilians. The Security Council will
    consider a proposal to add 2,076 U.N. peacekeepers.

    "The killings in Côte d'Ivoire this week tragically highlight why the
    Security Council must boost its peacekeeping force," said Peter
    Takirambudde, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "The Ivorian
    government's credibility will hinge on its willingness to stop this
    violence and ensure that those responsible for these atrocities are held

    At least three waves of communal violence have broken out in Côte
    d'Ivoire in the last four months. On February 28, an attack by
    government-backed militia on the rebel-held town of Logoualé
    sparked ethnically motivated attacks between the indigenous Wê tribe
    and immigrant farm workers, mostly from Burkina Faso, that caused
    some 16 deaths. The violence also caused more than 13,000 villagers
    to flee, and left several villages in flames. In late April, several days of
    interethnic fighting around Duékoué resulted in the death of at least 15
    people from the indigenous Guéré and Northern Dioula tribes.

    The latest wave began one week ago when Guéré tribesmen allegedly
    killed at least four farmers from the Senoufo ethnic tribe, which
    originates from the northern part of the country. On May 31,
    unidentified men attacked the two largely Guéré villages of Guitrozon
    and Petit Duékoué, shooting, stabbing or burning to death at least 41.
    This in turn triggered more attacks against Dioulas and Burkinabe
    (those originally from Burkina Faso), which on June 1 claimed at least
    another 11 lives.

    "The alarmingly high tension in Côte d'Ivoire's cocoa belt could result
    in violence on a massive scale, especially given the past willingness of
    political and local leaders and to exploit ethnic differences and
    economic resentments," said Takirambudde. "More U.N. peacekeepers
    are sorely needed. When approved, they must be immediately
    deployed to Côte d'Ivoire's vulnerable western region."

    Côte d'Ivoire, the world's top cocoa producer, has since September
    2002 been divided between northern-based rebels which attempted to
    topple Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, and the government-
    controlled south. Duékoué, which is under pro-government control,
    lies just south of the UN-patrolled buffer zone which separates the
    Ivorian army and ill-disciplined pro-government militias from the
    northern-based New Forces rebels.

    The western region of Côte d'Ivoire, the heart of the country's vital
    cocoa and coffee industry, is a zone of smoldering instability which, if
    ignited, could engulf the whole sub-region. For decades, immigrants
    from Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Guinea have provided cheap labor
    for local landowners, which helped turn Côte d'Ivoire into the world's
    leading cocoa producer.

    However, competition over land rights, economic decline and the
    2002-2003 civil war resulted in ever-increasing ethnic tension. As a
    result, both indigenous groups and immigrant farmers have organized
    themselves into militias and self-defense groups resulting in a lethal
    ***-for-tat dynamic between the groups. Western Côte d'Ivoire saw the
    heaviest fighting in the months after the September 2002 rebellion.

    Human Rights Watch calls on the Ivorian government to immediately
    conduct an investigation into those responsible for organizing and
    perpetrating these recent attacks, and to hold them accountable in a
    competent and fair judicial process.

    "The government of Côte d'Ivoire must show its commitment to
    combating the destructive cycle of violence and impunity," said
    Takirambudde. "The authorities must investigate and hold accountable
    those responsible for organizing these deadly attacks."


    The military junta of 1999-2000 and the armed conflict between the
    government and northern-based rebels in 2002-2003 have been
    punctuated by atrocities by both government and rebel forces,
    including political killings, massacres, "disappearances" and torture.
    The widespread impunity from prosecution enjoyed by all armed
    forces, but especially pro-government militias, has resulted in ever-
    increasing incidents of violence against civilians. The political and
    social climate has become increasingly polarized and characterized by
    intolerance, xenophobia, and suspicion, bringing fears of what could
    happen should there be an all-out resumption of hostilities.

    Since the military coup of 1999, Côte d'Ivoire has descended from its
    position as a beacon of socio-economic stability in Africa, to being one
    of the continent's most intransigent crises. The political and social
    climate is dangerously polarized and characterized by intolerance,
    xenophobia, and suspicion. The 1999-2000 military junta, 2002-2003
    civil war between the government and northern based rebels, and
    political unrest and impasse that followed has been accompanied by a
    persistent, pernicious, and deadly disintegration of the rule of law and
    the use by all sides to exploit ethnic differences to eliminate political
    rivals and political gain.

    Mediation efforts by South African President Thabo Mbeki led to the
    signing of an agreement by all sides on April 6, which effectively
    committed all forces to disarm and work towards elections in October.
    Progress in the mediation, which was sponsored by the African Union,
    had been slow until the Mbeki-led meeting in Pretoria, which was
    billed as a last ditch attempt to save Côte d'Ivoire from sliding back
    into full-scale war.

    Political observers remain skeptical about the prospects for
    implementation of the African Union-led initiative signed in Pretoria,
    given that two previous peace accords—Linas-Marcoussis in January
    2003 and Accra III in July 2004—never got off the ground. Gbagbo's
    willingness to abide by Mbeki's proposal to open up the field of
    candidates, and thereby include his key political rival, remains the
    most central issue standing between the prospects for an end to the war
    and a resumption of hostilities.

    To view this document on the Human Rights Watch web site, please
  2. Isaiah

    Isaiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Sister Kwango, you confuse me... After all of our discussions in the Pan African forum regarding ethnic loyatly and it's sometimes deadly consequences, you post this article rife with all of the reasons why some of us are dead set against certain customs and practices which appear to have cost Africans and AFrica thousands of lives...

    Whether folk are ethnic groups, or from the south and west doing battle against the north and east, these strong rivalries seem out of control on the continent... Attempts to tell me otherwise in the face of an article like this, and others presented at Destees by various posters, is ridiculous... Sorry, I must word things in the strongest possible terms... Our ethnic loyalties placed above our "racial" and cultural loyalties is killing us, and we've got to find the path that is widest to accommodate peace among us...

  3. Kwango_Likemba

    Kwango_Likemba Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I post this article because I am an African who cares deeply about the people in Africa. Of course, as well as Africans in the Diaspora, we are one big family (except the criminals!). Blood is being spilled in Ivory Coast for months it’s a poignant tragedy you all should be aware! Too often, the focus is in Sudan and Zimbabwe. We have the great responsibly to be concerned about all African countries with human security problem! I’m not well informed about the conflicts in Ivory Coast (although I will be very soon), but certainly mass killings and crimes against humanity give me enough to feel concerned right now!
  4. Kwango_Likemba

    Kwango_Likemba Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Brother Isaiah, I am pro-ethnic loyalty, not pro-murderer! So please don't tie me to things that have nothing to do with me! Doing so is foolishness and a waste of time.
  5. Sekhemu

    Sekhemu Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Jul 9, 2003
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    As we all know, black people are killing black people by the millions. We have bloods killing Crypts, black people in Central, north, east and southern Africa killing each other.

    No matter how you slice it, we tend to kill each other off, based on groups and parties we subscribe .

    This must stop.
  6. Ralfa'il

    Ralfa'il Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Mar 25, 2005
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    Thanx for the post my passionate-for-her-peoples continental sista.....

    Like Sek just said, it just goes to show how grave the situation is among our people when were it seems as if we're dying on nearly every square foot of this Earth.

    Like the old saying goes: The World Is A Ghetto.