As Ivory Coast Heads to Polls, Many Left Out of Economic Boom

ABIDJAN—At 3 a.m. on a Sunday last month Charles Kakou was awoken by the trill of whistles he had helped distribute to warn that bulldozers had arrived to demolish his seafront community in Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan.

Police moved in with tear gas, arresting anyone who resisted. By the afternoon, Kakou and his neighbours were homeless and the last vestiges of what was once a 9 km-long (6 mile) coastal shantytown had been reduced to rubble. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE

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