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Guinea voices on the crisis

Martial law has been declared in Guinea by President Lansana Conte following three days of violence. The protests came during strikes called by unions who want the president to resign. A strict curfew is now in place and people are only allowed out between midday and 1800.

BBC News website readers affected by the situation have sent in their thoughts and experiences.

MAHMOUD BAH, CONAKRY, GUINEA

It is unbelievable that in 2007 the EU, USA and the rest of the world are witnessing such atrocity and cruelty with such indifference. See this film from YouTube . These people are dying and no-one cares. Just like in Rwanda, the world will come running to the rescue of cadavers! What a shame!

DURA BALDE, ANTWERP, BELGIUM

My eight-year-old cousin Elhadji was out to buy some bread in Conakry with his guardian on Saturday and they were both shot. The guardian was shot in the back - and upon seeing this Elhadji ran, but he was followed and shot in the stomach. He died a few hours later.

I have not slept since hearing the news... because I have been trying to understand what makes a human being kill a young innocent boy at point blank range.

ASHISH, CONAKRY, GUINEA

Not me or my family but everyone in this country has been affected because of this curfew or state of emergency imposed. No food available and due to this situation there is lack of foodstuffs and all the prices of commodities have been risen.

Also there has been looting and many people are being killed every day.

GEOEGE TOBY, CONAKRY, GUINEA

I am a Liberian seeking refuge in Guinea along with my wife and children. My wife's shop was broken and goods were taken away. We lost the little capital that we are managing with for our little kids.

I am very confused over this. I am thinking of moving my family over to Freetown.

AHMED SIDIQUE FOFANA, FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE

I have been affected seriously by the current crisis in Guinea, in the sense that even my daily food cannot be easily consumed.

That is basic commodities like onions, peppers, vegetables etc are all imported from Guinea, therefore all these items cannot be bought now in the market and the few available ones are being sold at skyrocketing prices which we the common people cannot afford now to buy.

So I pray that President Conte see reasons to resign so that peace will prevail in the sub-region or else am afraid.

ALPHA SAVANE, BIRMINGHAM, UK

I have been informed that two of my relatives have been severely attacked by the soldiers.

At present I am afraid of calling my family in Guinea as all calls from abroad are monitored by armed forces who make the law and are killing their own people just to keep the president into power, for their own interests.

Meanwhile, the population is starving, no electricity, no water, no peace etc. My family told me that the situation is atrocious and so far more than 300 people in protest have been killed. I hope the international communities will do something as this is a crime against humanity.


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