This is what we know: At least 800 people were killed in communal violence in the town of Duekoue. The ICRC confirms it. And UN and NGO teams are on the ground today exhuming mass graves.
Observers of the conflict in Côte d'Ivoire have been looking on with nervous anticipation as Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent president who refuses to cede power, schemed and pulled every string to hang on to the presidency. The past week has seen the conflict escalate, as the situation is rapidly deteriorating.
After a series of victories in key strategic towns across the Ivory Coast, forces loyal to internationally recognized presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara are poised to advance on Abidjan.
In his speech last night, President Obama outlined a compelling case for humanitarian intervention...that could easily be applied to Cote D'Ivoire.
The Special Representative for the Secretary General in Liberia Ellen Margrethe Loj briefed the Security Council today. Then, I spoke with her about the situation over the border in Ivory Coast. Her message was clear: the violence over the border in Cote D’Ivoire is posing a very serious threat to the stability of Liberia.
To his credit President Obama addressed recent massacres in the Ivory Coast directly in a statement released by the White House.
On a press conference call in honor of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day UN Women executive director Michele Bachelet discussed her plans for the new organization, the challenges facing women in Libya and Cote D'Ivoire, and why she thinks women and girls need to stay on top of the international agenda
What has been pretty much a "political standoff" is quickly escalating into a situation where people with guns who support Gbagbo (namely, the military) are shooting people without guns.