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Korhogo

Korhogo

Korhogo, town (1996 est. pop. 158,300), N Côte d'Ivoire. It is an administrative and processing center for a mountainous region where cotton, kapok, rice, millet, peanuts, corn, and yams are grown and sheep and goats are raised. Diamonds are mined in the area. Korhogo was on an important precolonial trade route to the Atlantic coast.
Korhogo is a town and department in the mountainous north-central region of Côte d'Ivoire. It has a population of 163,400 (2002 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, Korhogo was seized by disaffected former soldiers 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' Ivory Coast mission announced that three mass graves, containing at least 99 bodies, had been discovered in the town.

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