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    Posted April 2, 2011 by
    Duekoue, Ivory Coast
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    Prelude to massacre in Duekoue, Ivory Coast


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     In February of 2011, sunsetparker took these photos, of displaced victims of the fighting in Duekoue, Ivory Coast. sunsetparker said many of the victims sought refuge in various church compounds in the area. Some slept on floors and others slept on the ground. Many had only the few possessions they could carry with them before their homes were destroyed by fighting in the region.
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    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.

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