Yves Ahipo, Interpreters Liaison

Canberra, Australia

Yves Ahipo is an Ivorian web activist and change-maker based in Australia.

Yves began his studies in the early 2000s at the Université de Bouake in the centre of Côte d’Ivoire, pursuing a law degree and at the same time studying French Literature and English, but found his education interrupted when the rebellion broke out and a civil war ensued – he was forced to run for his life.  He was fortunate to eventually finish his studies in the capital Abidjan, receiving his masters in 2006, but was forced to leave his home country when violence again flared in the wake of the 2010 elections. He subsequently lived in Ghana for several months before returning to Côte d’Ivoire and then moving to Australia.

Passionate about justice and human rights, Yves continues to campaign for the rights of political prisoners in Côte d’Ivoire and his countrymen living in exile in neighboring Ghana. He is founder of FRUA – Front pour le Réveil et l’Unité Africaine, a movement promoting African unity and independence, and FARI - Fonds d’Assistance aux Refugiers Ivoriens, a fund to assist Ivorian refugees unable to return to Côte d’Ivoire.

Yves is an avid checkers player, having represented Côte d’Ivoire internationally, and does casual modeling work. His love of languages and the rule of law makes him a great fit as liaison between the Just Governance organizing team and the Caux interpreters - he is looking forward to working with them and taking part in as much of the dialogue as possible!

 

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