Between 2002 and 2011 Ivory Coast suffered two civil wars and endured a decade as a divided nation. Hundreds of people died. The first war lasted until 2007, the second was a short-lived, post-election conflict that led to the arrest of former President Laurent Gbagbo in April 2011.
The Ivory Coast's decade as a divided nation led to unsecured and unsafe storage of weapons and ammunition, presenting a risk to the people of the Ivory Coast. Whilst considerable progress has been made in securing and destroying obsolete weapons and stockpiles of landmines, ammunition and aircraft bombs, small-scale theft and the cross-border proliferation of weapons and ammunition is still a concern.
HALO is currently working with the Ivorian Government to ensure the sustainability of our activities.