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UN Says At Least 1,800 Puels Forced to Flee Malinke Political Violence

October 28, 2010

You add to this what are now being estimated as 200 Peul businesses destroyed.

UN: At least 1,800 of Guinea’s Peul forced to flee

CONAKRY, Guinea – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that at least 1,800 Guineans from the Peul ethnic group have been forced to flee their homes because of ethnic clashes ahead of the country’s upcoming presidential election.

Alexandre Gashangi, who is in charge of the OCHA office in Conakry, said that Peul families over the weekend began pouring into the towns of Diabola and Dinguiraye in Guinea’s middle belt. These towns are just south of Kankan, the stronghold of Malinke candidate Alpha Conde.

What was expected to be Guinea’s first free and fair election has devolved into a contest between the country’s top two ethnic groups. The Peul are nearly unanimous in their backing of Peul politician Cellou Dalein Diallo, while the Malinke are supporting Conde.

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