The deadlock between the government, in the south, and the rebels, in the north, is causing the country to be ruled by warlords and outlaws. Despite pressure from the UN, and the presence of 10,000 peacekeepers, the government and rebels will not agree to a deal to share power. The country is drifting into total social collapse, like so many other countries in Africa.
December 1, 2005: About twenty gunmen, in civilian clothes, attacked a military police barracks in Ivory Coast's largest city Abidjan. The attackers, unidentified, were driven off in the darkness.