Partie ou chapitre de livre
‘Here is my evidence’. The documented path of a woman ex-combatant from Côte d'Ivoire
Identification and Citizenship in Africa. Biometrics, the Documentary State and Bureaucratic Writings of the Self
London : Routledge
293 - 301 p.
Côte d'Ivoire, identity papers, citizenship, armed groups, women
This contribution uses the private archives of Aicha, an Ivorian former combatant, to retrace part of her life during and after the Ivorian crisis. Her papers, mainly cards issued by institutions and actors involved in the crisis and its management (rebel forces, Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration programmes, and associations of ex-combatants), highlight the voluntary engagement of women in armed groups, bringing them back into the national narrative of activism and conflict. Her papers also inform us more broadly about the variety of bodies producing documents and shed light on the dissemination of bureaucratic reason among them. As such, this chapter analyses the place and role played by papers at different periods and among different actors in a society marked by a decade of ‘war of identification and for papers.’