Guinea-Bissau

Bissau (AFP) Senegalese rapper and DJ Louis Bernard Diedhiou was just a young teenager on the day in 2001 when his love of megastar musician Youssou N’Dour nearly killed him. Hailing from Casamance, a southern region of Senegal that has suffered on-off conflict for more than three decades, Diedhiou was shaking branches for mangoes to sell so he could buy an N’Dour concert ticket. But he stepped on a mine, a legacy of long-running conflict between the Senegalese army and separatist rebels of the Movement of Democratic Forces of CasamanceRead More
Canchungo (Guinea-Bissau) (AFP) The school year is ending in the west African nation of Guinea-Bissau, but some pupils will hardly notice the difference. Long-running pay disputes have kept teachers out of the classrooms for long stretches of the last four decades in this former Portuguese colony, where a dysfunctional government struggles to provide basic services to its citizens. The problem is so acute that despite widespread poverty, parents have launched an initiative to pay all, or part of teachers’ salaries directly, hoping their children will not miss out on moreRead More
Bissau (AFP) Guinea Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz dared his adversaries to open parliament on Friday, threatening the administration of his own party after its failure to sit for more than a year. The tiny west African state has been in the grip of a power struggle since August 2015, when Vaz sacked then premier Domingos Simoes Pereira, leader of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). A new prime minister, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, was sworn in last December but the PAIGC rejected him, accusingRead More
Bissau (AFP) The leader of a Guinea Bissau civil society group critical of President Jose Mario Vaz, was violently attacked in his own home Friday by unidentified assailants, his group told AFP. Legio Monteiro is head of the Vigilant Non-Compliant Citizen’s Movement, which is considered close to the ruling PAIGC party and which is campaigning to end a long-running political crisis between the party and the president. Monteiro was struck on the head and body and his injuries are being treated at a secret location, sources close to him said,Read More
Bissau (AFP) Guinea-Bissau’s new government was sworn in Tuesday, almost a month after Prime Minister Umaro Sissoco Embalo stepped into office tasked with ending a long political crisis. The tiny west African state has been in the grip of a power struggle since August 2015, when President Jose Mario Vaz sacked then premier Domingos Simoes Pereira, leader of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). Vaz then named Baciro Dja as the new premier, but the ruling PAIGC remained split over his nomination, withRead More
Soga (Guinée-Bissau) (AFP) The vivid red wound at the base of Gina’s ankle has remained open for three months and refuses to heal, leaving the Guinea-Bissau islander in constant pain. “I thought it was from a piece of wood,” she told AFP, recalling the day when a snake sunk its fangs into her leg. “They had to carry me back home because I couldn’t walk,” she said, sitting in front of a thatched hut decorated with white sea shells. Gina lives on Soga, a tiny speck of land that isRead More
Bissau (AFP) Guinea-Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz dissolved the government on Monday in an attempt to solve a political succession crisis that has paralysed the tiny west African state. Guinea-Bissau has been in the throes of a power struggle since August 2015, when Vaz sacked then prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira, leader of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). Two factions of the ruling PAIGC have failed to resolve their differences over Pereira’s successor, Baciro Dja, since he was given the job inRead More