COTE D'IVOIRE: Farmers return to land in west after deadly clashes

Friday, November 28, 2008
DAKAR Friday, November 28, 2008 (IRIN) - Some 70 long-displaced farmers - mostly immigrants - returned this week to a cocoa plantation in western Côte d’Ivoire, despite deadly clashes triggered when armed youths tried to block their return. UN and local officials say the clashes - in the sub-prefecture of Zeaglo, some 450km northwest of the commercial capital Abidjan - underscore the importance of reconciliation efforts in the volatile west, a zone long wracked by land disputes and hit by some...