Spain flew thirty-three tonnes of vital supplies to Equatorial Guinea over the weekend (11 August) in the aftermath of last week's (4 August) coup which toppled dictator Francisco Macias Nguema who is reported to have fled into the jungle.
SV Equatorial Guinea President Lieutenant-Colonel Teodoro Obango Nguema Mba Nzogo talking to reporter in Spanish
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Background: Spain flew thirty-three tonnes of vital supplies to Equatorial Guinea over the weekend (11 August) in the aftermath of last week's (4 August) coup which toppled dictator Francisco Macias Nguema who is reported to have fled into the jungle. Over three hundred people are believed to have died in fighting between pro-Macias supporters and troops before the former President fled. The dictator was overthrown by his nephew, Lieutenant-Colonel Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mba Nzogo.
SYNOPSIS: The country's new ruler Lieutenant-Colonel Teodoro told newsmen on Thursday (9 August) that his troops were hunting the former President in the jungle after occupying his home town and crushing the resistance of his personal guard. He claimed the country was now "completely quiet" and added that he would try to put Equatorial Guinea on a stable footing after eleven years of tyranny and misrule. Colonel Teodoro told newsmen his country was in desperate need of aid. He said Macias' brand of fascism had left the once thriving farming nation destitute. For years the 250,000 Equatorial Guineans have had little more than bananas to eat.
The new President faces a major task of reconstruction. The famous plantation which once produced the best cocoa in the world are abandoned. The cocoa is rotting on the trees, roads are overgrown, and some valuable trees have been cut down to make way for bananas. Grain, meat and dairy products are not longer obtainable. In many respects the once prosperous land has gone back to level of rural subsistence.