These photos were taken during an MSF relief mission for civilians displaced by the conflict in Ivory Coat.
The 2010–11 Ivorian crisis
was a political crisis in Ivory Coast
which began after Laurent Gbagbo
, the President of Ivory Coast
since 2000, was proclaimed the winner of the Ivorian election of 2010
, the first election in the country in 10 years. The opposition candidate, Alassane Ouattara
a former employee of the IMF, and a number of countries, organisations and leaders worldwide claimed Ouattara had won the election. After months of attempted negotiation and sporadic violence, the crisis entered a decisive stage as Ouattara's forces began a military offensive
in which they quickly gained control of most of the country and besieged key targets in Abidjan
, the country's largest city. International organizations have reported numerous human rights violations, and the UN undertook its own military action with the stated objective to protect itself and civilians. A significant step in bringing an end to the crisis occurred on 11 April 2011 upon the capture and arrest of Gbagbo in Abidjan by pro-Ouattara forces backed by French forces.