- Posted April 2, 2011 by
Duekoue, Ivory Coast
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Prelude to massacre in Duekoue, Ivory Coast
- nhieatt, CNN iReport producer
Victims of fighting in Duekoue in western Ivory Coast. Hundreds of homes were destroyed and tens of thousands of people fled to the Catholic mission and other sanctuaries when forces allied to the recognized president Alassane Ouattara attacked supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo in early January.
Six weeks after these pictures were taken, Ouattara forces seized Duekoue after heavy fighting. The Red Cross and the Catholic charity Caritas now report that between 800 and 1,000 people were massacred after the town fell to Ouattara's armed forces.