It was my pleasure to visit this nation just few years ago. (You will find some pictures in the Photo Gallery.)
Guinea is a very poor West African nation, bordering Senegal, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau. Population is 10 million, and the capital city is Conakry. Not unlike many African nations, life expectancy at birth in Guinea is 57.09 years, the median age is 18.5 years, per capita GDP is about $1100 annually, and literacy 37%.
On the spiritual side, national faith is a blend of Christianity (8%), traditional animistic religions (7%), and Islam (85%). On the political side, according to the CIA World Factbook website, 'Guinea has had only two presidents since gaining its independence from France in 1958. Lansana Conte came to power in 1984, when the military seized the government after the death of the first president, Sekou Toure. Guinea did not hold democratic elections until 1993 when General Conte (head of the military government) was elected president of the civilian government. He was reelected in 1998 and again in 2003. Unrest in Sierra Leone and Liberia has spilled over into Guinea on several occasions over the past decade, threatening stability and creating humanitarian emergencies. Conflicts among rebel groups, warlords, and youth gangs in neighboring states have also spilled over into Guinea, resulting in domestic instability'.
Guinea is also a stronghold of Islam. For more information on this nation, visit http://piafrica.org/guinea.htm. Please pray for Guinea today.
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