Ivory Coast Forgotten?


Ivory Coast

Libya and Japan have dominated the news. The focus on Japan has somewhat diminished after the UN Resolution in Libya.

Our recent involvement in Libya has led many to question our political and military obligations throughout the world.

A situation many are less familiar with is the civil war in the Ivory Coast, located in West Africa for those of you who don’t know.

The conflict has rapidly descended into a humanitarian crisis as refugees from Ivory Coast have begun pouring into neighboring Ghana and Liberia, which suffered its own civil war a few years earlier.

Laurent Gdagbo has refused to step down as president. Forces loyal to Gdagbo have been fighting rebel forces led by Alassane Ouattara, the former prime minister who was narrowly defeated in the last elections.

Ouatarra believes that he was cheated and the President also has alleged massive fraud in areas that were controlled by the rebels.

Kenya’s controversial Prime Minister Raila Odinga has been appointed to mediate the conflict between Gdagbo and Ouattara, though there has been little success.

Furthermore, most of the money pledged to aid the Ivory Coast, which faces a serious refugee problem amidst the unrest, has not reached its destination, as donor governments have shifted their attention.