Côte d’Ivoire: Fear descends on the North

by IRIN News

In a divided country, food has stopped moving across the lines. Photo: Nancy Palus/IRIN

With no sign at present of an end to the political deadlock in Côte d’Ivoire, the country remains partitioned. The economic repercussions of the crisis are being felt in both south and north. In Abidjan and the south, where Laurent Gbagbo and his administration are still in control, in the face of regional and international condemnation and isolation, prices of key commodities have risen dramatically. In the north – long held by former rebels Forces Nouvelles, and providing the main support base for Alassane Ouattara, internationally recognized as the elected president – livelihoods are being crippled and basic services reduced to a minimum in regions which have been marginalized for decades.