Gbagbo in Duekoue: Former Ivory Coast President revisits 2011 massacre site

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Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo said he shed a few tears at the sight of the widows and orphans, victims of the massacres perpetrated at Duékoué Carrefour. As part of the compassionate and comforting visit to the Wé country, the former Ivorian president went to the Duékoué "Carrefour" mass grave. At the site where the bodies of hundreds of people killed on 28 March 2011 were buried, Laurent Gbagbo laid a wreath of flowers in tribute to all the victims of the 2010-2011 post-electoral crisis.

Pain and emotion

There were weeping widows, inconsolable orphans, victims with both lower limbs amputed, and other victims scarred for life. The emotion was great and the former president of Côte d'Ivoire was shaken with sadness. "Just now in Carrefour, when I saw the widows and children, I started to cry. It's too much! It's too much! It's too much! And too much is always too much," said Laurent Gbagbo.

The president of the  Ivorian branch of the African People's Party  indeed finds incomprehensible these atrocities committed on civilian populations for a simple electoral dispute. "I still do not understand and I hope one day to understand. There was a time when Côte d'Ivoire went mad, when Ivorians have gone mad for all these deaths to have occurred. It is unthinkable. Even 12 years later, we still find it unthinkable ", he said.

Ivorians must understand that we cannot seek to massacre one another for "small disputes pre and post-election," he argued. Noting that the pre and post-election disputes, exist everywhere in the world. "That's politics. However, it does not justify these thousands of deaths ".