GVINEJA – GUINEA – GUINÉE

Delovi zemlje-The parts of the country

Delovi zemlje-The parts of the country

Jutarnji ulov na plazi-The morning catch on the beach

Jutarnji ulov na plazi-The morning catch on the beach

Predsednik-The President

Predsednik-The President

Velika dzamija u Konakriju-najveca u zapadnoj Africi-Conakry Grand Mosque is the biggest one in West Africa

Velika dzamija u Konakriju-najveca u zapadnoj Africi-Conakry Grand Mosque is the biggest one in West Africa

Vodopadi reke Sala-River Sala waterfalls

Vodopadi reke Sala-River Sala waterfalls

Novcanica sa likom jugoslovenskog predsednika Tita-A banknote with the image of the Yugoslav President Tito

Novcanica sa likom jugoslovenskog predsednika Tita-A banknote with the image of the Yugoslav President Tito

Zivot i sport kraj pruge-Life and sports by the railway track

Zivot i sport kraj pruge-Life and sports by the railway track

Viseci most na reci Diani-Rope hanging bridge over Diani River

Viseci most na reci Diani-Rope hanging bridge over Diani River

Umetnik je prisutan-The artist is present

Umetnik je prisutan-The artist is present

Plaza Bofa-The Boffa beach

Plaza Bofa-The Boffa beach

Mala Meka-Little Mecca

Mala Meka-Little Mecca

Na putu za Sijera Leone došao sam na kratko u ovu zemlju na zapadnoafričkoj obali, koja se kao kišobran nadvila nad svoja dva manja suseda, Liberiju i Sijera Leone. To je zemlja prelepih plaža na ostrvima Los, na kojima su se nekada odmarali francuski intelektualci, sve dok Seku Ture nije proglasio nezavisnost 1958. godine, a potom i proterao Francuze, izgovorivši De Golu svoju čuvenu rečenicu: „Radije ćemo živeti siromašni u slobodi, nego bogati u ropstvu“ (Nous préférons la liberté dans la pauvreté à la richesse dans l’esclavage).  Iako na relativno malom geografskom prostoru, Gvineja se graniči sa šest zemalja ovog regiona, što je retkost, osim, možda, Jugoslavije dok je bila “velika”.
Već sâm dolazak na aerodrom u glavnom gradu Konakriju nije nagoveštavao veći entuzijazam predavanju čarima ove siromašne zemlje. Odmah se oseti užurbana atmosfera uz neprijatno guranje, a zaboraviljena žuta knjižica o vakcinacijama protiv zaraznih bolesti obavezno se plaća prema nagodbi. Čini mi se da bi bilo isto i da sam je poneo. Zdravstveni inspektor u požutelom belom mantilu i isto takvim staklenim špricem, kojim maše po vazduhu, jasno stavlja do znanja da je bolje da platite nego da vas kojim slučajem podvrgnu vakcinaciji. Većina putnika u aerodromskoj zgradi bili su pripadnici raznih misija u pohodu na susedni, ratom zahvaćeni Sijera Leone…
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On my way to Sierra Leone, I paid a short visit to this country on the West coast of Africa, a country which like an umbrella sprawls over its neighbours, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This is a country of beautiful beaches on Loos Islands which used to serve as a resort for French intelectuals until Sékou Touré declared independence in 1958, driving the French out. He gave De Gaulle his famous reply: ‘We will rather be poor in freedom than rich in slavery.’ (Nous préférons la liberté dans la pauvreté à la richesse dans l’esclavage). Even though geographically it occupies a small territory, Guinea borders with six other countries in this region; I am not aware of similar examples, apart from Yugoslavia when it was ‘big’. The arrival itself at the airport in Conakry, the capital, did not inspire any great enthusiasm for the charms of this poor country. You immediately feel the hectic atmosphere, accompanied by unpleasant jostling and if you happen to have forgotten the little yellow book with a record of your vaccinations, you will have to pay on the spot and strike a bargain. It seems to me that it would be the same even if I had not forgotten it. The Health Inspector, in a soiled white coat, waves in his hand a similarly soiled glass syringe, clearly indicating that you’d be better off paying than getting inoculated by him. Most passengers in the airport building were actually visiting the neighbouring  war-torn Sierra Leone, on some mission or another…

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