GUINEA: Coffins & Broken Backs

A year and a half ago, France abruptly stalked out of Guinea, and left it to fend for itself, the first nation to declare its independence from the new French Community. A small, impoverished country the size of Oregon, on Africa's western bulge, Guinea had no administrators to replace those the French took with them, and President Sékou Toué a handsome and tough political organizer, had more experience in rabble-rousing than in governing. Last week, there were alarming signs that out of a combination of ineptness and ignorance, Guinea was rapidly becoming...

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