President is on his way out!
There are many issues Guineans and others that live here need to be aware of, the president (Lansana Conte) is dying. This has brought out people from hiding! The political parties out here are just waiting for him to die. He has had diabities for years now and it has gotten so bad lately that he needs someone (if not many) around him all the time! If and when he dies, the military will assume power and hopefully control the order here so there can be an election. We can just hope that it will be done in an orderly fashion. The US embassy says there will not be a big deal, but if you are around, stay inside!
- Road Trip
Well, this is not exactly a warning or danger, but lately the government has refused to pay the street vendors their subsidies. This has increased the price of everything! An example of this is how a bag of rice would cost about $7 and now it costs $14. To you and me, that is already too much rice, but to those that live off a fixed income of about 0.25 cents a day... it causes huge problems!!!
This summer (while I was away) there were riots in the streets because of this. Some buildings were burned down in the Dixine area as well!
So just remember that if it sounds expensive... blame it on the Government!!!
- Budget Travel
When we were there we got stoped maybe 2-5 times on our trip from the airport to the hotel. These are check points and one can not tell who it is stopping you, you don´t know if tis army, police or rebels...so be carefull when traveling because these people are armed and could take your pasport, credit cards and money.
Also be very careful that the people in the reception do not take an extra copy of your credit card number. Some times they make a copy on paper ent throw it in the garbige and say that the number didin´t come through but when you leave they take it out and use it.
During the month of June in Conakry, there are many reports of food poisoning. Most people attribute it to the fact that most ex-pats are leaving for the summer and they don't cook the food properly. Others say that the way the power is here during the rainy season makes the fridges stop working, and that turns the meat bad without the owners knowing it. I personally have had this happen twice and trust me... if you think you have had it bad, think again! I will save you from the details, but just be careful and make sure you ask for everything to be cooked well done. No matter what restaurant it is!!!
Lately, the president here has gotten sicker and sicker, so naturally the generals are thinkin it might be time to start some S&^%t!!! We actually had an attempt on his life a couple of months ago, but even with a rocket launcher... they missed!!!
The latest was when men dressed up as sewage workers went into the prison and freed some of the other political people and killed a few guards in the process! This just happened last week!!!
I believe that it is getting to be a very dangerous place because of this situation.
Also, a friend of mine was driving around late at night, and was held up a AK gunpoint and force to give all the money, phone, etc. As that was not enough, the man beat up the passenger in her car pretty bad!
I have walked around parts of Conakry with no real fear, but these days, there are police and military outside of nightclubs that will handle you if you are not careful! Everyone here is looking for money, and if you are white and get out of line... be prepared to hand some over to avoid jail!!!
- Work Abroad