Amid Violence, Work in Guinea Continues

31 in 31As our blog series has traveled around the world, we’ve had to make some detours due to breaking news in the countries we work in. Today is one of those days.

In recent weeks, government protests in Guinea, a nation in western Africa, have resulted in more than 150 deaths, and more than 1,200 people injured. Media outlets are reporting serious violations of human rights, including rapes.

In this period of renewed violence, children and families are especially in need of help.

“We are deeply concerned with the violence and alarmed by the escalating vulnerability of children in Guinea,” says ChildFund International Africa Regional Vice President Isam Ghanim. “Our ChildFund staff in Guinea are doing their best in one of the toughest operating environments in Africa to enable families and communities to protect children and ensure that they continue to have access to basic services in education and health. We call on our supporters and donors to sustain their support to children during such difficult times.”

ChildFund Guinea staff have succeeded so far in ensuring continuation of services to children, youth and women in its programs. None of ChildFund Guinea staff has been harmed in the violence. ChildFund Guinea is implementing measures to ensure staff safety and continuation of services to children.

ChildFund has been operating in Guinea since 2005. ChildFund Guinea programs focus on increasing access to quality basic education, strengthening community health, improving local livelihoods and providing youth and women with information to improve their reproductive health.

For more information on Guinea, click here.

More on Guinea
Population: 10 million
ChildFund beneficiaries: More than 102,000 children and families
Did You Know?: Guinea is richly endowed with metals. It is known for its resources of diamonds, gold and several other types of metal.

2 responses to “Amid Violence, Work in Guinea Continues

  1. ChildFund International

    Beth, You should call our 800 number at 1-800-776-6767 to talk to someone about this issue. There are a number of reasons this may have happened. We certainly want to make sure that you can continue your correspondence with your sponsored child there.

  2. Beth Ann Woods

    Could that be why my child’s birthday card came back? Our Post Office couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it (postage? address?) and sent it back. I have not heard from him in a while. I have another child in Brazil and the communication has been so much better than my child in Guinea.