ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A monitoring group says that thousands of people in Ivory Coast continue to flee their homes because of ongoing land conflicts and residual tension from last year's postelection violence.
The report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center said 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 runoff 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.