Côte d’Ivoire: Land conflict degenerates in Blolequin
(Ecofin Agency) - Already two dead and more than 110 displaced. That is what shows the review of the land conflict which for some weeks now has been opposing the Baoulé to Wê in Bloléquin, in the Western part of Ivory Coast. The two ethnicities are fighting over the Goin-Débé classified forest.
According to the Ivorian Press Agency (Agence ivoirienne de Presse-AIP) which cites the spokesperson of the displaced, Kouakou Moïse, the Baoulé minorities have “in the night of Sunday to Monday left their camp fleeing aggressions, rapes and arsons targeting their homes caused by young Wê natives of villages around the classified Goin-Débé classified forest”.
The abuses which wakes old demons related to the debate on “Ivoirité”, remind of the importance of the land reform initiated by the government to secure land both in rural and urban areas and improve management of Ivorian lands.