Korhogo

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Korhogo
City, sub-prefecture, and commune
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Korhogo is located in Ivory Coast
Korhogo
Korhogo
Location in Ivory Coast
Coordinates: 9°25′N 5°37′W / 9.417°N 5.617°W / 9.417; -5.617
Country  Ivory Coast
District Savanes
Regions Poro
Department Korhogo
Elevation 380 m (1,250 ft)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 286,071
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Korhogo is a city in northern Ivory Coast. It is the seat of both Savanes District and Poro Region. It is also a commune and the seat of and a sub-prefecture of Korhogo Department. In the 2014 census, the city had a population of 286,071,[1] making it the fourth-largest city in the country and the largest in northern Ivory Coast.

Korhogo produces goods such as cotton, kapok, rice, millet, peanuts, corn, yams, sheep, goats and diamonds. The settlement 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 woodcarvers' quarter. Korhogo is also home to an airport, a large market, a cinema, a mosque, and a swimming pool.

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.

The southwest quarter of the city is dominated by Mont-Korhogo.

Civil War history[edit]

On 19 September 2002, Korhogo and Bouaké were seized by disaffected former soldiers, calling themselves "Patriotic Movement of Côte d'Ivoire" (Mouvement Patriotique de Côte d'Ivoire - MPCI),[2] 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.

On 29 November 2011, the Associated Press reported that Gbagbo had been under house arrest in Korhogo and was awaiting extradition to The Hague to face charges at the International Criminal Court.[3]

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References[edit]

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

  1. ^ a b "Côte d'Ivoire". geohive.com. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Human Rights Watch (2002-11-28). "Côte d'Ivoire: Government Abuses In Response To Army Revolt". Human Rights Watch. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Ivory Coast's Gbagbo to be extradited to Hague". 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2011-11-29.