1 000s continue to flee Ivory Coast

2012-11-28 22:34
Laurent Gbagbo (Picture: AFP)

Laurent Gbagbo (Picture: AFP)

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Abidjan - A monitoring group says thousands of people in Ivory Coast continue to flee their homes because of ongoing land conflicts and residual tension from last year's post-election violence.

The report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre said on Wednesday at least 24 000 people were displaced so far this year. An additional 40 000 to 80 000 are still displaced from the conflict, according to "conservative estimates" cited by the group.

The report was released on the two-year anniversary of the presidential run-off between former President Laurent Gbagbo and current President Alassane Ouattara.

Gbagbo's refusal to cede office despite losing the election sparked a four-month conflict that claimed at least 3 000 lives and displaced 1 million people, the largest number displaced by any conflict worldwide in 2011.

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