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Burkina Faso + 5 others
Sahel: Flux des céréales locales

English Title:  Map 1: Movement of local cereals
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Exchange of Millet
Exchange of Sorghum
Exchange of Corn
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Côte d'Ivoire + 2 others
West Africa: Liberians stranded in Ghana

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ABIDJAN, 31 December (IRIN) - Some 117 people, most of them Liberians, were stranded aboard a cargo ship at the port of Tema, about 25 km east of the Ghanaian capital, Accra, after the vessel's captain refused to sail, a humanitarian source in Accra told IRIN on Friday.
According to the source, the group included Liberians, some of whom had fled the towns of Guiglo and Danane in western Cote d'Ivoire, where there had been fighting in recent weeks between rebels and loyalist Ivorian forces. They also included a few Ghanaians and a Nigerian.
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ECOWAS postpones deployment of peace force in Côte d'Ivoire

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The arrival of the first contingent of West African peace-keeping troops in Côte d'Ivoire, initially scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed to 3 January, sources at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said in Abidjan Tuesday.
"The 50 men who were supposed to arrive in Abidjan on 31 December will finally be here on 3 January," said ECOWAS assistant executive secretary Cheick Oumar Diarra, who explained that the delay was due to "communication difficulties."

Diarra said the bulk of the peacekeeping

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War-ravaged Ivory Coast prepares for bleak 2003 amid appeals for peace

ABIDJAN, Dec 31 (AFP) - War-weary Ivory Coast prepared Tuesday to usher in the bleakest new year in its history, amid calls for all-out efforts to end a three-month conflict that has split the world's top cocoa producer in two.

Festivities in the once-lively main city of Abidjan and other parts of the government-controlled south were ruled out by a dusk-to-dawn curfew in place since the September 19 rebellion which has turned into a rebel war against President Laurent Gbagbo.

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Ivory Coast's leader to outline peace plan

By Katie Nguyen

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was due to unveil a peace plan on Tuesday to end war in the world's top cocoa grower as rebels who hold the north of the country prepared their own message to the nation.

Gbagbo pledged at a regional summit this month to present a solution to the crisis which has ripped apart the West African country and Western diplomats have been scrutinising his draft proposals for the past week.

Presidential spokesman Toussaint Alain told Reuters Gbagbo would present a broad outline of the plan on state

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Côte d'Ivoire + 2 others
Afrique de l'ouest: Des Libériens bloqués au Ghana

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ABIDJAN, 31 décembre (IRIN) - Environ 117 personnes, des Libériens pour la plupart, ont été bloqués à bord d'un navire dans le port de Tema, à 25 km à l'Est de la capitale ghanéenne, Accra, après que le capitaine du vaisseau ait refusé de lever l'ancre, a fait savoir à IRIN vendredi une source humanitaire à Accra.
Selon la source, le groupe serait composé de Libériens, dont certains avaient fui les localités de Guiglo et Danané, situées à l'ouest de la Côte d'Ivoire, où des affrontements ont eu lieu ces dernières semaines entre les rebelles et les forces loyalistes ivoiriennes.
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Côte d'Ivoire: Soutient à l'hôpital de Séguéla

Un pays en crise...
Après une mission exploratoire pour identifier les régions o=F9 la situation est la plus critique, Médecins du Monde a affirmé la volonté de s'implanter au Nord, complètement coupé du reste de la Côte d'Ivoire. Il n'y a plus d'approvisionnement en médicaments, ni d'approvisionnement financier pour payer les fonctionnaires.

L'association apporte une aide à l'hôpital régional de Séguéla (120 lits).

Avant la crise le personnel médical comptait 30 personnes, contre 5 aujourd'hui. Les cadres médicaux originaires majoritairement

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Côte d'Ivoire + 1 other
Côte d'Ivoire: West remains volatile

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ABIDJAN, 30 December (IRIN) - The situation in western Cote d'Ivoire remains volatile despite the presence of French and loyalist troops, according to reports from news organisations and humanitarian sources, which also say that essential services are not functioning in parts of the area.
"At present, the movement of people is very limited" in the west, including the towns of Duekoue and Guiglo - near the border with Liberia - the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday in its latest weekly emergency update. It added: "There is
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Liberia + 2 others
More than 115 Liberian refugees stranded on ship at Ghana port

Accra (dpa) - More than 115 Liberian refugees are stranded on board a ship at the Ghanaian port of Tema, some 25 kilometres east of Accra, because the captain of the ship and the Ghanaian ports authority are refusing to sail the ship, a cargo vessel, with people on board.

The 117 refugees, including 35 children and 45 women, said they paid 110 dollars each to a man who sent them to the port to be taken to Liberia.

Some of the refugees came from a Liberian refugee camp just outside Accra, others were fleeing the crisis in neighbouring Ivory Coast.

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UN wraps up human rights assessment mission to Côte d'Ivoire

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United Nations officials returned to Geneva today after spending close to a week in Côte d'Ivoire observing the human rights situation in the country.
Led by the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, the members of the mission travelled to Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Daloa and Bouaké, where they gathered precise information on the human rights and humanitarian situation, according to a UN spokesman.

The mission also had the opportunity to meet with President Laurent Gbagbo and members of his Government, as

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French troops hold talks with Ivory Coast rebels after clashes

ABIDJAN, Dec 30 (AFP) - French troops held talks with Ivory Coast rebels Monday, a day after the insurgents clashed for the fourth time in eight days with the peacekeepers, a French military spokesman said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ange-Antoine Leccia said French forces "met this morning" with "western rebels" after the two sides clashed on Sunday.

"This meeting allowed them to clarify their position ... they had no intention of attacking us," he said.

Felix Doh, operational head of the the

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Ivory Coast rebels stop cocoa farmers harvesting

By Anne Boher

ABIDJAN, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Many plantations in the cocoa-growing far west of Ivory Coast have been abandoned by frightened farmers fleeing dense bush full of rebels, a cocoa buyer who escaped the region said.

The buyer, who gave his name as Ali, had just returned from Blolekin, a small town well known for its cocoa about 75 km (47 miles) from the Liberian border where there has been heavy fighting this month.

The area held by rebels would normally produce some 10 percent of the crop in the world's top cocoa grower.

"Farmers are not even picking the

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Ivorian rebels hand over US missionary, five others to Red Cross

ABIDJAN, Dec 30 (AFP) - Rebels in Ivory Coast have released a US missionary they apparently used to treat their wounded and five other foreigners to the Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Monday.

An ICRC source said the Movement of Peace and Justice (MJP) insurgent group late Sunday "voluntarily" handed over the missionary and the five foreigners trapped in the rebel-held west.

They included two French nationals, two Canadians and one Lebanese, he said.

"At the demand of the two sides

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Côte d'Ivoire: L'Ouest demeure instable

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ABIDJAN, 30 décembre (IRIN) - La situation dans l'ouest de la Côte d'Ivoire demeure instable, en dépit de la présence des troupes françaises et loyalistes, d'après des informations émanant de la presse et des sources humanitaires, qui ont également signalé que les services essentiels ne fonctionnaient pas dans certaines parties du pays.

"Pour le moment, le mouvement des personnes est très limité" dans l'ouest, notamment à Duékoué et Guiglo,

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Ivory Coast rebels clash with French peacekeepers for a fourth time

by Aymeric Vincenot

ABIDJAN, Dec 29 (AFP) - Ivory Coast rebels Sunday clashed with French troops for a fourth time in little over a week in the key western town of Duekoue which leads to country's prized cocoa belt and two main ports.

Rebels from the Far West Ivory Coast People's Movement (MPIGO) "attacked a French position near the north-eastern entry to Duekoue" at around 3:40 pm (1540 GMT), Lieutenant-Colonel Ange-Antoine Leccia, spokesman for the French army in Ivory Coast said.

"The French forces responded and three (rebel) vehicles were destroyed," he said.

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Ivory Coast extends curfew to January 10

ABIDJAN, Dec 29 (AFP) - Ivory Coast authorities Sunday extended a dusk-to-dawn curfew that has been in force since the start of a September 19 rebellion until January 10, an announcement on state television said.

The curfew starts at 7:00 pm (1900 GMT) in the main city of Abidjan, where the rebellion was crushed on the first day of the conflict, and two hours later in other parts of the southern half of the country, controlled by the government.

It ends at 6:00 am. Rebels holding the northern half and key western areas have also imposed a curfew but they

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Côte d'Ivoire + 1 other
Ship with Guineans fleeing war-torn Ivory Coast reaches Conakry

CONAKRY, Dec 28 (AFP) - A boat carrying 469 Guineans from war-torn Ivory Coast on Saturday arrived in the capital Conakry in the first government-organised repatriation by sea, Guinean officials said.

The passengers on board Christmas Day, sailing under the Sierra Leonean flag, were mainly women and children who were quickly taken to a nearby booth for identification, officials from the security ministry said.

Security Minister Moussa Sampil said the returnees had wanted to come home and stressed that it was not possible

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One killed, several injured in Ivorian army attack on rebel village

ABIDJAN, Dec 27 (AFP) - At least one civilian was killed and many injured when Ivorian government troops aboard a helicopter attacked the rebel-held western village of Pelezi, the French military said Friday.

"We state that shots from an Mi-24 chopper killed one person and injured several civilians," Lieutenant-Colonel Ange-Antoine Leccia, spokesman for the French army in Ivory Coast, told AFP.

Leccia said the attack occurred "two or three days ago." Pelezi is held by the main rebel group, the Ivory

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Ivorian civil war displaces 2,000 women

Paris, France (PANA) - Ivorian minister of health, solidarity and social security Clotilde Ohouochi said here Friday that at least 2,000 women have fled their homes in civil war affected zones in her country since the 19 September military rebellion.
In an interview with PANA in the French capital, she said the displaced women were living in precarious conditions because they were forced to forsake all their property to save their lives.

"Some of them were raped, others gave birth by the roadside. Hundreds of women from northern and western

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Annan appoints humanitarian envoy for Côte d'Ivoire

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A senior United Nations relief official today was designated Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Humanitarian Envoy for the crisis in Côte d'Ivoire.
The appointment of Carolyn McAskie, currently the UN's Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, comes in light of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country and its negative impact on the subregion, according to a UN spokesman.

"This designation should be seen in the context of recent high-level missions to the region, including the mission of Kamal Morjane, Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees, and