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Ivory Coast: Calm trickles back in Bouake

Ivory Coast: Calm trickles back in Bouake

Calm is slowly trickling back in Ivory Coast’s second city of Bouake. Government soldiers in the city mutinied earlier this month, firing rocket-launchers and terrifying residents as they demanding bonuses, better pay and housing.

The city is now almost back to normal activity, after it was announced late on Friday that both the government and mutinying troops had reached a final deal, much to the delight of the residents who feared the violence would escalate.

Adama Doumbia, fashion designer says: “Its going to take more than that, It might still take place again in this country. We just have to put an end to this, it just has to end, war is not good.”

Bouake, which is home to 1.5 million people, was the cradle of a rebellion which erupted in 2002 in a failed attempt to oust the then-president Laurent Gbagbo.