I read your last issue on Love, and it made me think of my country, Guinea. As we head into winter, I recall how the temperature in my country was so different. Imagine sleeping at night in your house where the weather is between 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and you’re sweating profusely. Unlike in the United States, where there’s power twenty-four seven, my country’s power system is nearly nonexistent. As a result of the lack of electricity to power on the fans, bed bugs became overpopulated. The experience of bed bugs biting you is common among the regular people (the ones not in governmental power). Due to their high status, those in government have the ability to buy generators to supply electricity to cool their homes. How would you feel if you were in that situation? The political leaders in Guinea have had many chances to ameliorate the lives of their people, yet they never do. They have received revenue from mining bauxite ( used to produce aluminum) that could have been used to help finance the native’s needs. However, the political leader’s greed got the best of them, not allowing them to help the natives.
Despite these hardships, I love my country. And I want to try to help it, if I can. But at first, I wasn’t sure how.Guinea is a third world country in West Africa with a population of about 13 million. Guinea ranks first in the world in bauxite reserves and 6th in the extraction of high-grade bauxite, the aluminum ore. According to (google) Bauxite is “an amorphous clayey rock that is the chief commercial ore of aluminum. It consists largely of hydrated alumina with variable proportions of iron oxides.” You may wonder, how could my government get money from just a rock which hasn’t even been turned into aluminum. In one deal that Guinea signed with Germany, the government can earn at least $250 million a year, which in Guinea’s economy is a lot. Imagine the rest of the deals, especially when the cost of living is $1000 dollars (a year?) for those in the capital city.
A country’s development decreases because the importation of goods tends to be more than the exportation. Guinea is in that situation, and being the number one country mining bauxite has increased that. Hearing that made me think about what would happen if Guinea could change bauxite into aluminum instead of just selling the bauxite, and then buy the aluminum later with more money. Then that gave me the idea to help my country build an aluminum factory enterprise.
Another thing that Guinea needs to improve are the living conditions of our citizens. I not only want to build this factory to improve our exportation of goods, but to help with education, medical service, unemployment, etc. I heard (can you name where?) that just by building this factory will provide around 10,000 jobs. My dream is to see my country become a first-world country. A place where it’s more secure, and where the education, unemployment, and medical service is better.
So you can see, love of my country is another, important, way of caring.
Picture at top Saliou Dunn in the middle and Soulaymane Diallo is to the left and Amadou Diallo to the right.
Picture above: Mining bauxite
Map: of Guinea