Children are greatly affected by the post-conflict challenges faced by Côte d'Ivoire, including their right to education, protection, health and nutrition. Half the children under five suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition (2006). 172,000 children under five years die every year from malaria. The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate, currently estimated at 4.7 percent, is lower than previously thought, but is believed to be much higher in the war-affected areas. 74,000 children under 15 are currently living with HIV/Aids, and 450,000 are Aids orphans1 and risk to suffer discrimination.


Although school is compulsory until the age of 15, enrolment rates are low - only 55 percent in 2006.2 The quality of education has worsened since the beginning of the civil conflict. The retention rate is 52 percent and absenteeism of children can be quite high. Children have few opportunities to participate in school decisions.


Boys and girls, educated or uneducated, poor or rich, are psychologically or physically abused on a daily basis, in both urban and rural areas, in their homes, by teachers and other school staff.3 Children accused of being possessed by demons are subject to abuse by evangelical priests in the form of chaining, flogging and several days of fasting to exhort the bad spirits.4

Children are likely to witness violence as there is a general acceptance of domestic violence within the Ivorian society. Children may also be killed if they have a disability or because of traditional beliefs. In 2007, 201 minors were held in prison, mostly together with adults. They suffer from poor detention conditions and violence at the hands of staff and other detainees.5

Girls' rights

A large number of children were sexually violated by armed forces during the war. Sexual violence continues to be signalled throughout the country,6 but impunity has prevailed so far. Girls as young as 14 years are married off against the law. Approximately one third of women and girls are excised despite severe laws against female genital mutilation. 69% of the women interviewed in a survey do not want to continue the practice as it is perceived as a bad tradition and the cause of medical problems.7

Working children

Children are trafficked8 from rural to urban areas, from north to south and across borders for forced agricultural, domestic and sexual work. 35 per cent of children aged 5 to 14 work in family-run businesses or on rural family farms. 83.5 percent of all child workers toil in hazardous conditions, mostly in the agricultural sector - on cocoa farms, in coffee, cotton, pineapple and rubber plantations. Many domestic workers, mostly girls, have migrated from the rural areas or from neighbouring countries. Working conditions are harsh and exploitation is common. While no children are currently (2010) known to be active soldiers, many are believed to still be working for combatants, by cooking, cleaning and running errands.9

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    Compiled by the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), this report presents facts and figures on child protection in emergencies. Data was collected for the 42 countries that have a Humanitarian Coordinator or that were on the Inter-Agency's Standing Comm

    Publication year: 2015 Publisher(s): CPWG, The Child Protection Working Group

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    Publication year: 2015 Publisher(s): ActionAid | TJN-A, Tax Justice Network - Africa

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    Publication year: 2013 Publisher(s): Save the Children
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    Publication year: 2012 Publisher(s): UNICEF, United Nations Children's Fund

  6. Hidden survivors: Sexual Violence against Children in Conflict

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    Publication year: 2012 Publisher(s): Save the Children

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    To ensure women and girls, boys and men have equal access to and benefit from humanitarian assistance, their different needs must be understood and met. This is why the IASC instituted a “gender marker” which is a tool that codes, on a 0-2 scale, whether

    Publication year: 2012

  8. Atelier des experts sur la formation des agents des forces de sécurité aux droits de l'enfant en Afrique francophone

    Report from a 5-day workshop held in Dakar, Senegal, 19-23 September 2011, organised by the International Bureau for Children's Rights (IBCR) in collaboration with UNICEF and Save the Children Sweden. The workshop brought together some forty international

    Publication year: 2012 Publisher(s): IBCR, International Bureau for Children's Rights
    Author(s): Nzedom, Henri

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    In any crisis, children are always the most vulnerable. This was evident for children in Côte d’Ivoire when violence broke out in April 2011 in the aftermath of the presidential conflict. Over 3,000 people were killed and over a million people fled their

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