Guinean film director Flora Gomes, educated
in Havana, has received international attention. His
2012 Republica de Mininus (Children's Republic) movie is
about a small country that is ruled by children since
all adults have disappeared.
With inspiration from the film, a new domestic
children's rights organization Republica di Mininus Hoje
(RdMH) was formed and a special children's parliament
was established. He has also made the documentary As
Duas Faces da Guerra, together with Diana Andringa,
where they interview veterans from Guinea-Bissau, Cape
Verde and Portugal about colonialism, the liberation
struggle and what happened next.
Latest population statistics of Guinea-Bissau, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
One of the foremost music styles in the country is
called gumbe. It blends indigenous rhythms with West
Indian and Portuguese tones. Singer Manecas Costa has
Almost all Guinean literature is written in
Portuguese. Poetry had a dominant role in what was
written in the 1990s, much of which was about the
struggle against Portuguese colonial power and thoughts
of what was to come then. Among the more prominent
authors are Amilcar Cabral, the hero of the liberation
struggle, the poet and musician José Carlos Schwartz,
and Waldir Araújo, who now lives in Portugal but who
mainly writes about his homeland, Carlos Lopes and
Abdulai Silá who wrote the first novel published in
The army chief escapes attempted murder
Military sources report to AFP news agency that six soldiers arrested in
mid-December accused of attempted murder of the country's army chief, General
Biague Na Ntam. The sources do not describe any details of the murder attempt.
The six soldiers are being detained on an air base awaiting a military trial,
the chief of the country's highest military court, General Daba Na Walna, said.
Ecowas threatens to impose sanctions
Unless Guinea-Bissau resolves the protracted political crisis within two
months, the Ecowas regional cooperation organization will impose sanctions on
the country. That message is being conveyed at Ecowa's summit in Nigeria.
The opposition rejects the president's crisis plan
13th of December
The opposition rejects President Vaz's crisis plan to launch new talks ahead
of a regional summit. It has now been over a year since the parties agreed on a
peace plan mediated by Guinea's President Alpha Condé. But the new prime
minister appointed by Vaz in December 2016 has not been approved by the National
Assembly, as a majority of PAIGC members opposed the appointment of Umaro
Protesters demand that the government resign
Several attempts have been made to resolve the political crisis in the
country, but the deadlock remains. In Bissau, thousands of opposition supporters
are now gathering to demand the resignation of the government. The protesters
could have been even more had the security forces not prevented a large number
of people from participating.
Record price of cashew nuts
High world market prices of cashews result in a substantial increase in
farmers' income. This happens since President Vaz imposed a temporary halt on
all cashew nuts sales in May, when it was found that buyers in Senegal paid more
than twice as much for the nuts there as compared to Guinea-Bissau. Since then,
foreign buyers, from China, India and Mauritania, have returned to the Guinean
No wages for "ghost workers"
The authorities set salary payments in September to one third of all 13,000
public servants. This is because of suspicions that they are so-called ghost
workers, that is, people who do not work for the state but who still receive
pay. This can be about people who have died, retired or others.
UN plea for end of political crisis
The UN Security Council expresses concern over the political stalemate in
Guinea-Bissau and calls on President Vaz to appoint a prime minister with broad
political support. The Council refers to the "Cooperation Government" agreement
(see September 2016), according to which the major parties will
agree on the Prime Minister's post. Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who was appointed at
the end of 2016 is not accepted by PAIGC because the party was not asked.
Accusations of corruption
President Vaz accuses former Prime Minister Pereira of forfeiting € 100
million. He calls on the judiciary to investigate the matter.