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Ivory Coast conflict leaves legacy of land disputes

Family members work in a field in Bangolo, western Ivory Coast, on May 23, 2014 after a workshop on reinforcing intercommunal dialogue and the management of farmlandBangolo (Ivory Coast) (AFP) – As Ivory Coast strives to put more than a decade of bloody conflict behind it, courts in the agrarian west African nation are overwhelmed by quarrels over land ownership. “We are assailed with complaints every day,” an administrator in the western city of Bangolo, Mahama Gbane, told AFP. In the two decades after independence from France in 1960, Ivory Coast enjoyed a boom in cocoa cultivation, becoming the world’s leading producer. No question of leaving!” said Adama Dembele, who heads a community of northerners who settled in the west generations ago but many of whom now face expulsion as indigenous people claim their land.

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