Guinea-Bissau: Be careful!
• Guinea-Bissau: Be careful!
Today we talk about the African state of Guinea-Bissau. Yes, there is! This country has long belonged to Portugal and gained independence only in 1974 has a northern border with Senegal and south-eastern Guinea. The latter should not be confused with Guinea-Bissau, as it is the former estate of France.
The colonial powers divided Africa up to your interests and often this happened with a simple line. This can be seen by opening the card and looked at the borders of many African countries, which are often carried out crisp clean lines. But it does not happen in reality. People of the same tribe, and people find themselves in such a way within the different countries. Once and Guinea was divided. I could imagine to grab Portugal - and then later became known as Guinea-Bissau.
It is a presidential republic with a population of slightly more than 1, 5 million. But it is very poor. There are different ratings, which make up the various global institutions. The position can be changed, but Guinea-Bissau consistently ranks among the world's poorest countries. Tourists loving comfort, there is nothing at all to do. But if you - a lover of extreme sports and adventure, perhaps it will suit you. Unless of course you will not eat anywhere on the border with Senegal, where the tribe lives flyupe that will not be away from such "goodies". But the majority of the population is Balanta and Fulani tribes - 30% and 20% respectively. Even at 13-14% and the Mandinka tribes mandyak, there is a tribe Papel and many other tribes, which differ in their way of life and diet as well.
Of course, the last traces of make themselves known, the official language is Portuguese, which can, and good, because it is the language of inter-tribal communication for all these different tribes. Creole language is also common, but also on the basis of the Portuguese.
Half of the inhabitants of the country consider themselves to be Muslims, yet 40% have all sorts of indigenous beliefs. But there are even Christians who are there to 10 percent.
By the way, 5 years ago, in April of 2012, in Guinea-Bissau military coup. This is quite a common thing for Africa. The military arrested the former prime minister and interim president, proclaimed Junta and the Transitional Council. But in October of that year was the second coup attempt. There is a Community of Portuguese Language Countries, it is often accused him of meddling in the affairs of the former Portuguese colonies. But in May 2014 the country finally elect a president, who to this day is Jose Mario Vaz. However, the economic and social situation in the country it had little impact. Selected out of poverty would be long. This political instability is also a significant effect on the desire of tourists to visit the country.
However, Guinea-Bissau is famous for its export of all kinds of nuts - peanuts, cashews. Except that, in addition to the Greek. But she and Africa, not Greece.
The main branch of the economy, do you think that is? Undoubtedly, drug trafficking. Yes, Guinea-Bissau has a very rich, on the background of general poverty. About 2 billion dollars a year -. This is an extremely profitable business, which is more than the GDP of the country in a couple of times. Guinea-Bissau, often acts as a staging post shipments of cocaine from Latin America to Europe.
But if you like a safari - you should come here! City Bolama and Bijagos archipelago - are the main objects that attract few tourists. There is also a city of Bafatá in the center of the country, where well preserved wildlife, all kinds of animals, including many species of monkeys. While on the other hand, tourism and travel is always fraught with risk. Maybe worth a try?