Ivory Coast: August 15, 2005


The rebel north has few government services, and is basically run by warlords who support themselves, and their gunmen, with smuggling and theft. Roads and other infrastructure are crumbling. The standard of living has declined by nearly half in the north, somewhat less in the government controlled south. Most of the national wealth came from the cocoa production in the north, which is now much diminished by disorder up north.  


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