The Cocoa Farmers' Bitter Harvest

Civil war is devastating Ivory Coast's top industry, sending prices soaring and ruining one of Africa's most promising economies

War in Iraq is looming, and many members of the international community question the need for U.S. action, but one nation is pleading for Washington to intervene in a foreign crisis. On Jan. 26, more than 10,000 people took to the streets in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's capital, many waving posters that declared, "French out, Americans in!" Ever since a full-fledged civil war erupted after years of simmering tensions and a failed coup on September 19, 2002, this West African nation has been seeking U.S. help to defeat the rebels. France, Ivory Coast's colonial parent until 1960, has fallen out of favor after failing to broker a peace deal.

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