This last week, I’ve been here in the capital, Bissau, to try to better understand what is happening in the country. I had planned to come here anyway to connect with some embassies and other non-profits to see how we can partner.
I’ve found that there are several rumors, many of them conflicting with each other, about what caused the coup and what will happen next. But one thing is clear: Bissau-Guineans are tired of having their country held captive by the military and they want to see a return to civilian rule
Soon, possibly this week, a handful of African nations plan to send in about 600 soldiers into Guinea-Bissau. It’s not exactly clear what their goals will be other than the elusive mandate to “restore democracy.”
The good news is that the junta that has been in control since April 12 has released its political prisoners, former Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Jr. and interim president Raimundo Periera. It’s unclear if they will resume their former posts.
The British Embassy, meanwhile, is recommending that all its citizens leave the country. However, the situation is pretty calm right now and my gas tank is full, in case I need to leave on short notice.
In the meantime, our school – which is about 1 ½ hours outside the capital – continues to operate normally. If the situation worsens here, however, some teachers and students may not be able to finish the semester.
Please continue to pray for peace and stability in Guinea-Bissau. It’s becoming more and more clear to me that the only long-term solution to helping Guinea-Bissau is for educated, ethical Guineans to selflessly lead their country forward. I strongly believe that our students will become those future leaders. Thank you for being part of the solution.