As Guinea tightens up on internal security following last November's invasion, it has become obligatory for all men to undertake weapons training in the militia.
As Guinea tightens up on internal security following last November's invasion, it has become obligatory for all men to undertake weapons training in the militia. One group was filmed during a drill session in the capital, Conakry.
Despite recent claims of large-scale mineral wealth in the country, Guinea's cost of living is still extravagantly high. In the markets, a small chicken costs 1200 francs -- that's nearly two pounds sterling -- and other foodstuffs are in short supply.
SYNOPSIS: Conakry, the capital of Guinea, seven months after the notorious November invasions. There's little outward sign of the events of last autumn. Most damage has been repaired. But the country still has a high cost of living to contend with. Its evident here, in the street markets. Meat is especially dear. A small chicken costs the equivalent of nearly two pounds sterling. So despite news earlier this year of new reserves of wealth from mineral resources, little of the affluence has rubbed off on the man in the street.
One sign of the new wealth is the motorway to the airport. It was here that four men condemned for their part in the November invasions were hanged in public.
There's a total ban on filming the regular armed forces. But it doesn't extend to the militia. In the country's effort to improve internal security, it has become compulsory for all men to undertake weapons training in the militia. Each evening after work, the militiamen are required to report to party headquarters for training. For the women, there's a police volunteer force which also has regular training sessions.