In the period 2002-2011 Ivory Coast suffered two civil wars and a decade as a divided nation with separate administrations.
This period culminated in a post electoral crisis and a short lived conflict that led to the arrest of former President Gbagbo in April 2011. The following month HALO deployed a small team to conduct an emergency survey primarily to investigate rumours and allay fears regarding the use of landmines in the conflict. The team concluded that landmines had not been used, but that there were widespread problem with weapons and ammunition security.
HALO then commenced a programme of works implementing security upgrades across the country in support of the Ivorian Police, Military and Gendarmerie. This process has also incorporated training for the Ivorians in the destruction of unserviceable and unwanted weapons and ammunition.
This programme aims to bring the standards for the storage of Ivorian government weapons and ammunition into line with international regulations and provides expertise in the destruction of items that are either unsafe or unwanted.