We have just been alerted that 200 trafficked chldren were found in transport in Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire heading for cocoa farms the night of 10th/11th July (the night before last)
The majority are apparently from neighbouring Burkina Faso; there is also talk that they are part of a convoy of 750 trafficked people but this isn’t confirmed.
Whilst we’re really happy that the Ivorian authorities have found these children; we have a few questions:
1. Who is going to manage these children?
2. Where will they be in the interim prior to being taken home?
3. How did they cross the border?
Our own view is that they probably entered Cote d’Ivoire in small numbers with an adult as happens on the Ghanaian border so as to divert any suspiscicn. This was discussed with an Ivorian lady in April who has a shop in Elubo and is aware of children crossing with an adult, usually up to 5 children at a time.
We hope that the situation for these 200 children will be resolved shortly & they can return home as quickly as possibly; however there’s always the worry they’ll be re-trafficked!
(An article was seen in Le Patriote & Nouveau Reveil 12/07/13 concerning this situation)