Tomorrow, the African nation of Guinea will hold Presidential elections. But cautious observers fear that the country could see violence depending on the results.
There were clashes in the run-ups to the election and accusations of voter intimidation have some fearing the worst. Between 15,000 and 20,000 opposition supporters have reportedly been displaced due to threats of violence in their home villages. In a pre-emptive effort, the two candidates have signed a peace agreement expressing their commitment to a peaceful election.
Despite having nearly half of the world’s reserves of bauxite – a mineral necessary in the production of aluminum – the people there are very poor and the political climate is terribly unstable.
I had the privilege of visiting Guinea in the summer of 1998. The family I lived with during that time now heads up the Hope Medical Center in the rural village of N’Zao. The clinic provides badly needed medical and surgical services, dental care as well as training nurses and sharing the Gospel of Jesus with villagers. A peaceful and stable government is critical to their ability to continue their work.
Please join with me in keeping Guinea in your prayers tomorrow. We ask that the elections would be peaceful and that the losing party would honor the peace agreement.