Guinea

Flag of Guinea

Elephants in equatorial Guinea, in Africa

 

Country Guinea – formerly known as French Guinea (Link to map of Guinea)
Continent Africa – on the western coast
Capital Conakrey – the wettest capital on earth with 3.7 meters of rain a year
Population 12,093,349
Language French and many ethnic languages
Religion Muslim 85%  – Christian 8%   – Indigenous beliefs 7%
Terrain Hot and humid with flat coastal plain to a hilly mountainous interior

Fertile soil and ample rainfall –  is the source of some  W African rivers

Known for Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

Sports Soccer, swimming, hiking, table tennis
Animals African buffalo and elephant, baboon, hippo, lion, many reptiles and 583 species of butterflies
Facts of Interest Gained independence from France in 1958 and then Guinea adopted socialist policies which brought isolation from the West and economic stagnation to Guinea

Its mineral wealth makes it potentially one of Africa’s richest countries, but its people are among the poorest

Natural resources include bauxite, hi grade iron ore, gold, diamonds, hydropower, salt, fish

Has tremendous hydroelectric and agricultural potential, but war, political unrest, and the Ebola threat  curtail these industries

Concerns Deforestation, lack of potable water, overfishing, poor mining practices, soil contamination and erosion, unemployment, the practice of female genital cutting which contributes to high infant and maternal mortality rates, corporate corruption, political instability, the Ebola virus epidemic, forced labor and sex trafficking
Mission The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance was very active with the Ebola crisis and epidemic
Sources www.google.com; www.cia.gov;; www.africareview.com