Saturday, March 7, 2009

"I dream of Africa which is in peace with itself."-Nelson Mandela

Some of you may have heard about the recent upheavals in Guinea Bissau (the small neighboring country next to Senegal). 

Guinea Bissau is one of four countries that Sean is responsible for in which he travels quite frequently, too.

Our week started out by 6 am call from one of Sean’s colleagues advising him there was bomb detonated in Guinea Bissau killing the Minister of Defense. It made Sean realize maybe his
 travel plans for the week might be scrapped. Sean was supposed to be leading a VIP delegation with the US Ambassador down to Guinea Bissau to meet with their top government officials this week. Quickly, he got into work, knowing that it would be extremely busy day. 

Later on I was discussing the recent news in Guinea Bissau with my cook (I try to practice my limited French), when a news flash came upon the radio. The President of Guinea Bissau had been
 executed in the streets in retaliation for Minister of Defense’s death earlier that day. I got through to Sean after about 2 hours and was trying to figure out what his next step would be. The visit from the delegation had been scrapped, and he was urgently needed to go to Guinea Bissau. The airports and the borders were closed for 48 hours, so Sean was able to get out by Thursday evening. He is attending the 2 funerals. 

Today, Sean called and said that he felt he was on a movie scene. One reason being that he met with the victims in the past couple of months on his recent visits. Second, maybe because we
 just watched “The Last King of Scotland” within the past month. The Presidential Palace still had blood from the president, in addition to pictures of the machetes that were used on him before the president was executed on the street. Yes, pretty gruesome and right out of Hollywood.
Here are a few pictures of Sean’s recent travel to Guinea Bissau. I especially like the girl with the bananas on her head.

Say an extra prayer for Guinea Bissau, I think they need it.