Guinea is a beautiful country, very green with lots of water and immense mineral wealth. There are four different areas, the coastal lowlands, the mountainous Fouta Djalon, the Sahelian area and a forested jungle region. Guinea has deep cultural and community traditions.
Though essentially a rich country with plenty of water, people are poor and have limited access to clean water, sanitation, medical care, education (adult literacy rate 29.5%) and electricity with overall inadequate infrastructure. Guinea does not have a welfare state and everything has to be paid for.
Guinea has huge potential, but the worry is that any gain from exploitation of the riches will not filter through to the people and that nature will become polluted, threatening people’s livelihood and health.