Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 June 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI reconciles Guiglo-Sropan and Gozon near Duekoue





Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI reconciles Guiglo-Sropan and Gozon near Duekoue



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, June 4, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A delegation of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) went to Guiglo- Sopran, a village in the sub-district Guéhiébly, 26 km northeast of Duekoué, on Wednesday, 2 June 2010.


The mission of the UNOCI delegation, made up of representatives of its Electoral Assistance, Human Rights, and Public Information divisions, as well as its Civil Affairs section, was to carry out sensitisation activities within the context of its community programme to promote social cohesion in an effort to create a peaceful electoral environment. However the visit came in the aftermath of a conflict between residents of Guiglo-Sropan and neighbouring Gozon.


A recent clash between the inhabitants of the two villages ended in the destruction property, a situation which threatened the social harmony of the area.


The incident dates back to 23 May 2010 in Guiglo-Sopran when the family of a woman who had died after a prolonged illness decided to burn down three houses belonging to the bereaved husband whom they had accused of having killed his wife, a native of Gozon, through witchcraft. The bereaved man reported the incident to the police and four members of the deceased’s family were arrested for arson and transferred to the Daloa magistrate’s court. The elites of the village, after being apprised of the matter, stepped in and suggested the case be settled in the family. After mediation, the people of Gozon agreed to repair the three damaged houses.


Human Rights Officer Flora Touali expressed satisfaction with the people of Guiglo- Sopran and their Gozon neighbours for having agreed to turn a new page in their relations and urged them to follow the path of peace.


The chief of Guiglo-Sopran, Lambert Nahia Zahi promised to keep a careful watch over social cohesion in his village and committed himself to remain on good terms with his neighbours.



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