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ABOUT GUINEA OYE

This blog was initiated in October 2009 in the wake of a state-sponsored massacre unleashed on a gathering of Guinea’s political opposition on September 28, 2009.  Guineaoye dedicates this blog to the memory of those who died in their pursuit of freedom that day and offers solidarity to the Guinean people as they continue their struggle.

The purpose of this blog is to offer readers current information and analysis on the administration of Alpha Conde, efforts to obtain justice for the victims of the September 28, 2009, state-sponsored massacre, (background below), the international community’s use of “preventive diplomacy” to determine the path of Guinea’s political transition, news from the National Assembly and the Conde administration’s ethnocentric policy against Peuls.

Guinea Oye! will also provide historical perspectives on the November 2010 presidential election and the international community’s pressure on the International Criminal Court to halt the investigation of the 2009 massacre.

Finally, this blog will feature photos and videos so that we may hear about the struggle directly from Guineans themselves.

Feel free to post a comment on the blog and if you wish to contact us directly, you may do so at:   guineaoye@gmail.com

 

BACKGROUND ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2009

Upon the death of President Lansana Conte in 2008, the Guinean military took over the country with Capt. Dadis Camara at the helm of the junta. 

Initially, when Camara took over the government in December 2008, he promised that neither he, nor any of his soldiers, would run for president.  In August 2009, in an about-face, Camara declared his candidacy.  The people of Guinea protested this decision and on September 28, over 50,000  demonstrators gathered in the sports stadium in the capital of Conakry for an opposition rally.  But, the enthusiasm of the protesters soon turned into terror as a bloodbath ensued.  Guinea’s armed forces, along with foreign mercenaries, opened fire on peaceful, unarmed citizens.  At least 200 people were killed. The actual number of dead is  higher given that authorities, in an attempted cover-up, threw many bodies into the sea from helicopters and,  for obvious reasons, the official count does not include them.  In addition, in one of the most heinous displays of violence ever seen in Guinea, over 100  women were stripped publicly and raped by soldiers, many using both guns and knives.

Most of the people murdered and women raped are of one particular ethnic group, the Peuls.  None of the perpetrators of this massacre have been brought to justice.

For more information, please see the Human Rights Watch Report, “Bloody Monday”  Guinea Junta Attack of September 28, 2009

14 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2010 9:09 PM

    Thanks a lot for this page… it’s a great one and keep up the great work. I’m from Guinea myself. Peace.

    • September 25, 2010 11:23 PM

      Thank you for your kind comment. Glad to know a Guinean is checking in. Best wishes.

      • ali nur permalink
        November 1, 2010 2:01 PM

        Your website is the most informative about what is happening in Guinea and i hope many of our people will understand to standup for their rights.Thanks

      • November 1, 2010 2:33 PM

        Thank you for your kind words. We will do our best to provide comprehensive coverage of a very, very serious situation in Guinea.

        Best wishes!

        Guinea Oye!

  2. December 12, 2010 4:11 PM

    This blog is important in the sense that it provides news on Guinea, in English, which is very important as this is the world most important language in terms of diffsing information…

    It is true the Guinean army systematically targeted Fulani (Peulh) people, and this is still going on while the international community is doing nothing serious… The ongoing crises in Guinea is ethnically-based which has to be stopped now before it’s too late…

    Alpha Conde has come with his own anti-Peul (anti-Fulani) agenda, and he has vowed to destroy all Fulani businesses and interets… Let’s seat down and look.

    • December 12, 2010 8:39 PM

      Thank you for your comment. We’re glad that you appreciate the blog. Should have a post out tomorrow that will focus on the ethnic aspects of the troubles in Guinea.

      Guinea Oye!

  3. Alpha Bah permalink
    October 2, 2011 6:19 AM

    Thank you very much for shedding light on the situation in Guinea. I check your website regularly and it is very informative and factual. I am a pullo that grew up in Sierra Leone so i cannot read French as most of the news about Guinea is in French. Your blog keeps me abreast of the happenings in Guinea and most importantly about the welfare of the fulbhe people.
    Keep up the good work

    • October 2, 2011 11:11 AM

      Thank you for your very kind comments. I am glad that this blog is helpful to you. It is a bit of a challenge to run a blog about Guinea in English with almost all of the news in French, but we know that there are people like you out there for whom Guinea Oye! may be a primary source for news.. We appreciate having you as a reader and invite you to stay in touch and let us know how we can make this blog better.

  4. March 4, 2012 5:25 AM

    really nice blog you’ve here. Great job to informate us about Guinea, thanks a lot!
    Keep it on and greetings,
    xandi

    • March 4, 2012 11:07 AM

      Thanks for your very kind comment, Xandimusic. There is so little coverage of Guinea in the international press and almost nothing in English, I feel compelled to stay on the “case.”
      I checked out your website xworldmusic.wordpress.com and it is terrific. I encourage others to check it out. In a few days, I will visit you site again and make a few entries on your “suggestions” page.

      Best wishes,

      Magbana

  5. Chernor A. Jalloh permalink
    June 8, 2012 6:17 PM

    This site has to be my biggest discovery. Very informative. Keep up the good work.

    • June 8, 2012 6:21 PM

      Glad you like the blog. We will try to be worthy of your kind words. We thank you for writing in.

      Magbana

  6. Jacob Muirhead permalink
    July 26, 2012 1:50 PM

    No more google news searchs for “Guinea”, and coming up with hits on Guinea Pigs, Papua New Guinea etc. So glad I found this. Very informative and in my native tongue!

    -A Canadian reader in Guinea

    • July 26, 2012 4:16 PM

      Welcome to Guinea Oye! Yes, the google searches on “Guinea” are VERY frustrating. There are few things less interesting than guinea pigs.

      Thanks for writing in.

      Magbana

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