Compensation pledged to violated Ivorian civilians

In this shelter, 14 year old Cristelle Semao and her 20 year old brother, Cyril, mourn the death of their father, 58 year old cocoa farmer, Honoré.   The family have just got news confirming that he had been killed during violence that erupted in the wake of the country’s political crisis.   His wife, Martine, says their life has been turned upside-down. “actually, we have nothing. Everything is burnt”, she said.  “My husband is dead. We have nothing to eat..we suffer with our children. ”

From ALEXIS DOUMBIA in Abidjan, Ivory Coast ABIDJAN, (CAJ News) – SCORES of victims in the unstable Ivory Coast are to receive compensation for harm suffered during recurrent political violence.A trust fund has been launched and obligated EUR800 000 (about R12million) to enable the victims receive physical, psychological rehabilitation and material support for violations under the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction.Through its assistance mandate activities, the trust fund is also able to contribute to reconciliation.Trust fund board member, Mama Koité Doumbia, said the need for assistance in Ivory Coast was immense and urgent.“We have taken an important first step towards helping survivors move beyond the harm they have suffered to rebuild their lives and to begin the journey of healing, regaining dignity and creating a better future.”The board also considered it appropriate to explore the possibility of collaborating with the government to assist the victims find closure.The programmes target victims of the 2002 coup onwards.Many of these victims were subjected to physical and psychological violence and continue to live with trauma associated with unaddressed mental health conditions.The trust fund has implemented such projects in Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. 
– CAJ News

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