CAIRO, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure says he is haunted by fears for his family's safety while he plays for the strife-torn country at the African Nations Cup.Ivory Coast, the world's largest cocoa producer, has been torn in two since a 2002 civil war launched by rebels hoping to oust President Laurent Gbagbo in which thousands died. Fresh unrest is feared this week following riots earlier this month. 'I'm really scared,' Toure told Reuters at the team hotel. 'I'm really unhappy. 'I've got my family at Abidjan, and it's difficult, but what can you do? You can just hope...and phone to see if they are all right.' The United Nations said last week it had pulled nearly 400 civilian staffers out of the country as it braced for a fresh outbreak of violence. Ivory Coast's players know that a good run at this tournament would not only be a good preparation for the World Cup in Germany, where they will be appearing for the first time, but would also give people at home a much-needed lift. However, the Ivorian team are also under no illusions about just how much they can ease the social and political unrest in a country which still has 11,000 U.N. and French peacekeepers. 'We know that for the country it's really important, because when we win people are really happy and they calm down a bit,' said the Arsenal defender. 'But even if we won the World Cup, it wouldn't sort out all the problems. 'People would be happy for two or three weeks and then everything will be back (to how it was before). JOY BRINGER 'Our job is just to try and make people happy and forget everything else. Because we players know that we'll never be able sort things out in the country.' While success in Egypt in next weekend's quarter-finals might put smiles on people's faces and bring some calm to the streets of Abidjan, Toure added: 'If we don't go through, the country will not burn.' On the pitch, Ivory Coast face an unenviable quarter-final task against one of the tournament's favourites, Group B winners Cameroon. A decision by Ivory Coast's French coach Henri Michel to rest eight regulars for their final Group A game on Saturday cost them a 3-1 defeat to Egypt and top slot. It was a decision the Ivorians may yet regret having lost to Cameroon both at home and away in qualifying. Toure was stoical about his team's prospects, though, saying: 'We beat Egypt away and in Abidjan during qualifying and here we lost to them. 'It shows anything can happen in football. We know it will be tough but it's a new game. 'On paper, we are one of the best teams in Africa. Now we have to show it.'