It wasn't until pro-Ouattara troops began advancing toward Abidjan last week that the tide began to turn.
I felt mixed emotions when I learned of the capture of Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan on Monday.
Since Ouattara's forces entered Abidjan, most reporters have been trapped inside hotels and offices.
Those forces reached Abidjan last Thursday and have been poised to strike ever since.
Abidjan remained tense and faced the possible grip of starvation.
On March 3, while the conflict raged, hundreds of women gathered peacefully in Abidjan to pressure their leaders for peace.