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June 8, 2009

Guinea, a Brief Country Profile & Prayer Guide


Guinea’s primary attraction to tourists is the yet to be disturbed countryside. The landscape varies from mountains to plains and from savannah to forest. At 94,919 square miles, Guinea is roughly the size of the United Kingdom, slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, and has 200 miles of coastline. The countries bordering Guinea include Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. The country is divided into four main regions: the Basse-Cote lowlands in the west along the coast, populated mainly by the Susu ethnic group; the cooler, mountainous Fouta Djalon that run roughly north-south through the middle of the country, populated by Peuls, the Sahelian Haute-Guinea to the northeast, populated by Malinkes, and the forested jungle regions in the southeast, with several ethnic groups. Guinea’s mountains are the source for the Niger, the Gambia, and Senegal Rivers, as well as the numerous rivers flowing to the sea on the west side of the range in Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.

The capital, Conakry, is located on the island of Tumbo and connected to the Kaloum Peninsula by a 984 foot long pier. The city is well laid out with its alleys shaded by mangrove and coconut palm trees. Guinea has a strong music tradition and Conakry, in particular, is a dynamic center for music. The singing of the Kindia people is especially renowned.

A few interesting facts about Guinea:

• The current population is estimated at 10,211,437.
• The highest point in Guinea is Mont Nimba at 5,748 feet high.
• Richly endowed with minerals, Guinea possesses over 25 billion metric tons of bauxite (up to one-half of the world’s reserves). In addition, Guinea’s mineral wealth includes more than 4 billion tons of high-grade iron ore, significant diamond and gold deposits, and large quantities of uranium. The country also has considerable growth potential in the agricultural and fishing sectors (this should be of particular interest to those who are interested in Business as Mission).
• The official language of Guinea is French. Other significant languages spoken are Pular (Fulfulde or Fulani), Maninka, Susu, Insula, Kissi, Kpelle, and Loma.
• Approximately 85 percent of the population is Muslim. 10 percent is Christian, and 5 percent holds traditional indigenous beliefs.

Specific ways to pray for the country of Guinea:

Praise God for complete religious freedom, a reaction to the Marxist-Muslim years of terror which has made Muslims more receptive to Christianity. The liberty is being progressively eroded though especially in major towns outside the forest region. (Continue reading…)