Kissidougou

Kissidougou

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Kissidougou is a city in southern Guinea. It is the capital of in the Kissidougou Prefecture, and had a population of 66,018 in the 1996 census. Following intesified conflicts in Sierra Leone an Liberia during the fall and winter of 2000, many people from the city of Guéckédou fled to Kissidougou and stayed. Today the population is estimated to be 119,909 (2008 est). [ [http://world-gazetteer.com/wg.php?x=&men=gcis&lng=en&des=wg&srt=npan&col=abcdefghinoq&msz=1500&geo=-89 World Gazetteer] , Retrieved on June 16 2008 ]

Kissidougou City

Founded in the eighteenth century, the city is known for the coffee plantations and large expanses of nearby forest. Other attractions in the city include a museum, a football team and a major bridge.

Although the market is open 7 days a week, it is especially busy on Tuesdays.The word Kissidougou means "a place of refuge" in the language of the Kissi, the largest local ethnic group.

The musician Mory Kanté is from Kissidougou.

Ethnicity

There are of course many other ethnic groupes living in Kissidougou, including the malinké and pular.

Also, many Toma people live in this region, especially between Kissidougou and Macenta.

Refugee Crisis

Throughout the 1990s, the government of Guinea, in cooperation with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), provided international protection and assistance to Sierra Leonian and Liberian refugees residing along Guinea’s southern border. In December 2000 and January 2001, a series of cross border attacks resulted in a massive shift in refugee (and Guinean) populations. Many fled to the Kissidougou and N’Zérékoré Prefectures in the Forest Region of Guinea. In February 2001, relocation of the Gueckédou and Faranah camps began with the transfer of temporary refugee settlements to new camps in the Albadariah sub-prefecture of Kissidougou.

Throughout 2001, there were more than 400,000 refugees in Guinea, many in Kissidougou. This massive influx of Sierra Leonian refugees placed great stress on the government of Guinea as well as upon international aid organizaitons ability to provide a stable, secure refuge. [ [http://www.refugeesinternational.org/content/article/detail/698/?PHPSESSID=3fc64258eda9d44c2 refugeesinternational.org] ]

There were widespread accounts of sexual violence throughout the camps, despite the best efforts of the international relief organizations. [ [http://www.arcrelief.org/gbvbooks/cdrom/content/Book_3_KAP_Survey/BOOK3.pdf www.arcrelief.org, KAP Survey] ]

References

* [http://www.fallingrain.com/world/GV/17/Kissidougou.html FallingRain Map - elevation = 521m]


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