Ivory Coast. At the end of May, Mali's Minister of
Justice announced that about 10,000 children from his home
country had been sold as slaves in neighboring Ivory Coast.
Countryaah, these were children aged 8–16 who were sold to coffee and
cocoa growers in Ivory Coast by their parents in the
drought-affected Mali. The countries signed an agreement to
fight illegal child trafficking.
In connection with the Ivory Coast celebrating its 38th
anniversary as an independent nation in August, President
Henri Konan Bédié issued an amnesty covering 3,600 of the
country's prisoners. The exceptions were those convicted of
violent crimes, drug offenses or misappropriation of public
funds. Amnesty, however, provided that the prisoner could
set up a bail sum or repay any theft.
UN diplomat Aliounie Blondin Beyes was killed when his
aircraft crashed on June 26 shortly before landing in the
Ivory Coast administrative seat Abidjan. Beyes was on his
way to the Ivory Coast during a tour he undertook among
African states to gain a hearing for his Angola peace plan.