Travelling along and across the western border, we learnt from credible witnesses that Liberian mercenaries funded by the Ivory Coast's president-elect have engaged in a systematic slaughter of the local population, mostly members of the Guere tribe, in two districts, Toulepleu and Blolequin.
The pro-Ouattara forces have murdered pregnant women and lined up the unburied bodies of hundreds of victims along main roads. Survivors have given startling accounts of the slaughter of an estimated 1000 innocent men and women in the border town of Duekoue alone.
One of the militias working alongside Ouattara's "revolutionary" forces has even adopted the name the Kofi Annan Boys -- a reference to the UN's former secretary-general -- as if to assert some lofty international mandate.
They are a militia boosted by hired guns from
over the border in Liberia and regarded with
particular dread by the locals for their macabre
taste in ritual murder. Hunting the borderlands at
night they have been joined by the Chevaux (horses),
another group made up of mercenaries from
neighbouring Burkino Faso and Guinea.
April 11, 2011