Stories: Ivory Coast – War's End in the West?: Ivory_Coast-7

A man hides his face after recounting an attack on his village, Diahouin, western Ivory Coast. Advancing pro-Ouattara forces destroyed much of the village, including the cocoa garden he stands in front of. Disputes over cocoa land rights are the root cause of conflict in the western part of the country, where migrant workers were given land to farm until it became profitable, at which point many locals forcibly took their land back. As immigrants generally side with Ouattara, some of them took advantage of the shift in power to strike back.

A man hides his face after recounting an attack on his village, Diahouin, western Ivory Coast. Advancing pro-Ouattara forces destroyed much of the village, including the cocoa garden he stands in front of. Disputes over cocoa land rights are the root cause of conflict in the western part of the country, where migrant workers were given land to farm until it became profitable, at which point many locals forcibly took their land back. As immigrants generally side with Ouattara, some of them took advantage of the shift in power to strike back.