Korhogo

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Korhogo
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Korhogo is located in Ivory Coast
Korhogo
Location in Côte d'Ivoire
Coordinates: 9°25′N 5°37′W / 9.417°N 5.617°W / 9.417; -5.617
Country  Côte d'Ivoire
Region Savanes
Population (2008)
 • Total 174,000 (est.)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Korhogo is a town in Korhogo Department in the north-central region of Côte d'Ivoire or the Ivory Coast. It has a population of 174,000 (estimate). It produces and/or processes goods such as cotton, kapok, rice, millet, peanuts, corn, yams, sheep, goats and diamonds. The town was on an important pre-colonial trade route to the Atlantic coast. It is said to have been founded by Nangui, a 14th-century Senufo patriarch and still is the capital of the Senufo people.

Sights in Korhogo include the Péléforo Gbon Coulibaly Regional Museum and the woodcarver’s quarter. Korhogo is also home to an airport, a large market, a cinema, mosque and swimming pool.

On September 19, 2002, Korhogo (as well as Bouaké) was seized by disaffected former soldiers, calling themselves "Patriotic Movement of Côte d'Ivoire" (Mouvement Patriotique de Côte d'Ivoire - MPCI),[1] rebelling against the rule of President Laurent Gbagbo. The coup was allegedly led by Robert Guéï, the former military dictator overthrown in a popular uprising in 2000. Despite the formal cessation of hostilities between the government and rebels in 2003, Korhogo remains unstable, with continued fighting between rival factions. In June 2004, forces loyal to rebel leader Guillaume Soro claimed that his Paris-based rival Ibrahim Coulibaly had attempted to assassinate Soro, leading to gun battles which left 22 dead in Korhogo. In August 2004, the United Nations' Ivorian mission announced that three mass graves, containing at least 99 bodies, had been discovered in the town.

Korhogo's average annual rainfall is 1,243 mm, with the rainiest months being May to October. Its average year-round temperature is 26.6 degrees Celsius, with the hottest months being February to April. Korhogo's airport (Korhogo Airport) has the International Air Transport Association code HGO and the International Civil Aviation Organization code DIKO. Its one runway is 2,100 metres (6,900 ft) long, and receives domestic flights only.

In media[edit]

On November 29, 2011, Associated Press reported that former president Laurent Gbagbo has been under house arrest in Korhogo and is awaiting extradition to The Hague to face a war crimes tribunal.[2]

References[edit]

Some of the above information has been adapted from AllRefer.com.