Ivorian tax-free rebel city flourishes
Soroland may not be a breakaway zone, but for seven years the inhabitants of this zone have got used to living without government taxes, customs charges and even water and electricity bills.
Reunification – already under way – will be a challenge to complete.
Hussein Doumbia is one of many local business leaders who have learnt to profit from this vast black market zone.
“Things are a lot cheaper than in the south – we see that people from the south often come here to stock up, above all the military who come for all their electronics – mobile phones, DVDs, televisions, everything,” he says.
No taxes, no government, no rules – rich life.
No fear, government forces are preparing to invade….