Mass grave site possibly found in Ivory Coast from massacre last year

According to The Washington Post, International Criminal Court (ICC) investigators might have found a mass grave in the west Ivory Coast town of Duekoue, where it is alleged that fighters loyal to the president killed hundreds of people during the post election violence last year.

Last year, forces loyal to the newly elected President Alassane Ouattara committed this massacre, according to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

Violence arose after Laurent Gbagbo would not cede power to Ouattara, who won the 2010 election.

Gbagbo was sent to the ICC and is currently facing charges of murder, rape and other crimes allegedly committed by his supporters during the months-long post election violence. The U.N. says at least 3,000 people were killed during this time and that atrocities were committed on both sides.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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