Abobo is a former immigrant neighborhood of Abidjan and since 2002 an independent town on the outskirts and in the district of Abidjan in the Lagunes region in the Ivory Coast. It is also called Baghdad City.
The area is 82 km ². According to the National Ivorian Electoral Commission, the population was 638 237 persons in 1998. Google Earth is called 2006, the number of 900,000. The majority of the population is poorer strata of the middle class, which often find a meager living only in the shadow economy.
Abobo is on the Abidjan - Niger Railway, which operates in Burkina Faso by Vridi and Treichville about Bouaké up to Ouagadougou. The city is considered the first station to Treichville, even if in between are still some small stations. The fastest connection to the center of Abidjan ( Plateau, Cocody, Treichville ) form the minibuses. Most roads are earthen Abobos and after rainfall with vehicles only partially passable.
A majority of the residents are Catholic Christians. In Abobo Avocatier the parish of St Jean -Baptiste is (French for St. John the Baptist ). The Church of Ste Marie d' Agoueto was built in 1992 and elevated to a parish in 2005. It serves almost exclusively immigrants and seniors, both little purchasing power of the population. Pastor is Aimé Malan. On Palm Sunday 2005, the Archbishop of Abidjan, Cardinal Bernard Agre visited the parish. Since 2002, the Xavier - sisters, one Ignatian religious community, in Abobo - Avocatier. The four sisters are active in the socio-cultural animation and work together in providing medical care to the parish of St Jean -Baptiste.
Abobo is the only city in Abidjan, in which not the ruling party Ivorian Popular Front ( FPI), but the opposition Rassemblement of Alassane Dramane Ouattara of Républicains (RDR ) has a majority. Therefore, in August 2006, the audiences foraines called public civil rights negotiations were conducted despite tangible threats by the thugs of the Jeunes Patriotes.
In February 2011, it came as a result of the government crisis in 2010/2011 to the outcome of the 2010 presidential election to heavy fighting in Abobo. Here, dozens of people and thousands are fleeing died. So-called " invisible commando " ( German " invisible commandos " ) fought on the side of Alassane Ouattara against Gbagbo - loyal troops as the Jeunes Patriotes. In March 2011, revealed himself to be " invisible commandos " Ibrahim Coulibaly as a leader of the.
On 17 March 2011 died, according to the spokesman of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire ( UNOCI ), Hamadane Toure, by six of Gbagbo's forces fired rockets at a market in Abobo 30 civilians.
After the arrest of Gbagbo on 11 April, tensions arose between FRCI and the invisible commands that opposed the arrest. In an offensive FRCI in Abobo Ibrahim Coulibaly was shot on April 27, 2011.
There is a lack of school buildings. According to the government daily Fraternité Matin school children should be driven to the remote Bingerville from school year 2006/2007, therefore, while the parents fight, as the 20 -kilometer journey is too long and off- school care was not ensured.
A Catholic religious community operates a " sidewalk library " to counter the lack of financially -related books and to give the children the opportunity to also apply the learning at school in reading.
For orphans is since 1971 an Austrian SOS Children's Village for around 120 boys and girls behind the station. It arose from an orphanage with 15 seats, which had already been set up in the 1960s, a priest, Father Martin. Since 1995, the Children's Village also has its own primary school and since 1998 a kindergarten. These are also the children from the surrounding streets accessible.
The University of Abobo - Adjamé is located here. According to reports by Amnesty International came during a raid on the premises of the University of Abobo in January 1997, the Student Akpélé Akpélé Marcellin died. He should have died apparently from the effects of blows which the security forces had inflicted on him. The then Minister of Security declined to investigate the circumstances of his death. This event is related to the 1995 elections boycotted by the opposition and the resulting actions of state power against the opposition and students in the following years.