CRS Guinea Staff Safe Following President’s Death

CRS staff is safe amid conflicting reports of a military takeover in the West African country of Guinea following the death of longtime president Lansana Conte. Though Conte, 74, had been in failing health for sometime, no successor had been named, leading to confusion as military leaders announced a coup while the prime minister said he was still in charge.

CRS has two international staff in Guinea and both were out of the country at the time of Conte’s death. The main office in Conakry had just closed for the Christmas holidays. CRS personnel in West Africa will continue to monitor the situation.

In Guinea, CRS worked with burgeoning refugee populations fleeing turmoil in Sierra Leone and Liberia and continues to help those living with HIV and AIDS.

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