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[alpha] INSIGHT -- COTE D'IVOIRE -- thoughts on conditions and clashes in Abidjan

Released on 2012-08-06 13:00 GMT

Email-ID 1401516
Date 2011-03-15 21:34:09
Code: CI005
Attribution: Stratfor source (is an American missionary in Abidjan)
Publication: for background
Source reliability: is pretty new
Item credibility: 5
Handler: Mark
Suggested distribution: Alpha

Things are getting much worse. What I am telling you is coming from people
who live in the areas or have friends and family in those areas. In Abobo
[a pro-Alassane Ouattara neighborhood of Abidjan that has been the main
scene of clashes] the rebel forces are not civilians as reported on the
major news networks. They are trained military from Burkina Faso, Mali and
other countries. The UN is the one transporting them into Abobo and other
areas and arming them. Many of them are demon worshipers and they cut the
throats of anyone who appears to be supporting Gbagbo and use the blood
and organs for sacrificial worship many times burning the people alive.
They are also cutting open pregnant womens wombs and killing the infants
to bring terror to the people. In other areas of the west they have burned
whole villages and killed most of the inhabitants again performing
sacrificial killings like I described before. They are stopping buses and
demanding to see ID cards. If the names of the people are from tribes that
appear to have supported Gbagbo they are immediately killed or burned
alive. Actually there are only two tribes out of 60 to 65 tribes that they
do not kill.

The Ivorian Forces have now cleaned out much of Abobo since the government
proclaimed a no fly zone. The UN tried to bring some more troops into
Abobo by helicopter but the FDS fired on the helicopters purposely not
hitting them, but firing around them to warn them off. They left and have
not tried to come back.

The economic embargo is not working for the international community. The
people are not rebelling and some of the banks are open and servicing the
people. The one part of the embargo that is working is the embargo on
medicines. Many people are dying because they can't get medication.
Children and old people dying of malaria without the simple cure. Still,
they are not rebelling.

Some days you wouldn't even know there was a conflict. People working,
going to school, getting married, living life. If they expect the people
to rebel they are foolish. They have chosen Gbagbo as their President and
they will never rebel against him. Every time he or one of his men calls
for a meeting or rally hundreds of thousands come out. If Quattara calls
for anything, nothing happens. This should tell everyone the truth. You
know, I talk to many people and I have asked them, "What if Gbagbo was
killed or decided to step down? What do they think would happen?" Without
hesitation they all say they would fight until every last Ivorian was
killed before they would allow Ouattara to take power. They say he will
have to walk over their dead bodies to get into the presidential palace.

Mark, this whole situation is ridiculous. How far will the international
community go to install their man into the Presidency. How many will have
to die so they can control the resources of this nation. What is really
sad is that if they really wanted to help the Ivorian people, they could
talk this through, allow a new election and then the people would
willingly allow them to come into the country and help bring real
development that would benefit everyone. Wouldn't this achieve the same
results without killing so many. Do they really want to see this much
death and destruction?

Please, as I asked before, never reveal my name or where you got this
info. I am trusting you with my life. Already these terrorists have killed
Ivorian journalists in their homes at night for printing these truths.
Anyone who wants to know the truth can come here and find it. It is not
hidden. The people are begging for the news media to report the truth. But
no one is listening. If anyone here speaks the truth openly about Ouattara
he sends the killers after them. Even President Zuma was attacked when
leaving the Golf Hotel for appearing to support Gbagbo. All the
Mauritanians are being attacked and their shops being looted and burned.
They are now leaving the Ivory Coast because their President supported a
peaceful solution and a new election.