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Duekoue, scene of massacres, celebrates new chapter

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2011-04-12

In Duekoue, western Ivory Coast, hundreds of civilians were killed during the fighting between forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo and those of Alassane Ouattara. Now the townspeople are celebrating what they hope will be a new chapter of peace.

In the western town of Ivorian town of Duekoue, hundreds of civilians were massacred
by gunmen from both sides,
in the fighting that would eventually lead to the arrest of Laurent Gbagbo.

Now the people of the town are celebrating what they hope will be a return to some semblance of normality.

In the town, Gbagbo's men were abandoning their checkpoints and talking of reconciliation.

"We want President Alassane Ouattara to come here and achieve reconciliation for everybody," said one. "We need a new Ivory Coast, we need a fresh start."

Date created : 2011-04-12

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