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Ivory Coast's reconciliation commission closes down

Posted On Tuesday, 04 July 2017 13:05 Written by
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Ivory Coast was hit by conflict between supporters of President Alassane Ouattara and his his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo Ivory Coast was hit by conflict between supporters of President Alassane Ouattara and his his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo

Ivory Coast’s Reconciliation and Compensation Commission (RCC) has officially ended. It was set up to identify victims of the decade long crisis. However, few people have received any money.

This is actually the second commission set up since the end of the civil war in 2011. The first, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), was criticised for spending all its budget and achieving almost nothing.

It modelled itself on South Africa’s TRC, set up after apartheid. However, it became more of a political show than one focused on the people.

It was scrapped and replaced by the RCC in 2015, along with a fund of around $17m (£13m).

It identified more than 300,000 victims but so far only around 5,000 have received any of the money.

The Ministry of Solidarity is now in charge of the fund and says it will continue the commission’s mandate.

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