Guiglo is a small town in Western Cote d’Ivoire, located at about 600 hundred kilometers from Abidjan, the capital city.
The presidential election held in October 2010 in Cote d’Ivoire led to a major political and humanitarian crisis, after the incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, and opposition leader Alassane Ouattara, both claimed victory. The political deadlock spilled over into violence in the streets of Abidjan, and in the Western part of the country.
Tens of thousands of people fled violence to other parts of Ivory Coast and to neighboring countries such as Liberia and Ghana, while massacres were reported in the west of the country, beginning of 2011. People were killed due to their ethnic origin or their assumed political affiliation.
The photographs were taken in 2010 in Guiglo and surroundings, a few months before the crisis erupted. They are a snapshot of the people’s daily life just before the crisis outbreak.
The humanity, tranquility and peace that emanate from these images are in sharp contrast both with the violence and massacres that occurred in the region in the aftermaths of the election, but also with images usually seen of war hit areas.
All the persons shown in these photographs were affected by the situation of general insecurity and violence that followed the election.