The country is named after the Guinea region.
Guinea is a traditional name for the region of Africa
that lies along the Gulf of Guinea.
Guinea is one of the countries afflicted with the virus, Ebola.
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Guinea is one of the countries hit with the devastating virus, Ebola. It is nothing to joke about when it is a reality in our world, and we as people are all connected.
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The Main Language = FRENCH
Other significant languages spoken are Pular (Fulfulde or Fulani), Maninka (Malinke), Susu, Kissi, Kpelle, and Loma.
Brief History =
- Guinea belonged to a series of African empires until France
colonized it in the 1890s, and made it a part of French
West Africa (hence, French is a common language).
- Guinea declared INDEPENDENCE from French on
October 2, 1958 !!!
- After independence, Guinea cut ties with France and turned
into a Soviet Union.
- The first president was, Ahmed Sekou Toure, a violent ruler
- Preceeding rulers did not reverse poverty in the country.
- The first free elections since 1958 occurred in June of 2010.
A winner was not chosen until November due to problems
with the voter process.
Guinean Government =
(A form of government in which power resides in the people, and the government is ruled by elected leaders by law rather than appointed - no monarch - )
- PRESIDENT - The president is directly elected by the people & is head of state or head of government. There are no term limits, so the president can be re-elected limitless times.
- BRANCHES - There is a Unicameral National Assembly (legislative body) and a judicial branch lead by Guinea Supreme Court.
85% of the population is Muslim.
8% is Christian and 7% follow traditional local beliefs.
- About 41% of the population is literate. (52% = male, 30% = female)
- Most children do not attend so they can help at home.
- This is also true of girls who help with farming & home, or are to be married.
Though experiencing poverty, malnutrition, and a lack of education...don't consider the people to be "poor."
There is a rich culture to learn about!
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