Breaking News: Coup Attempt in My Old Neighborhood, Equatorial Guinea

29 thoughts on “Breaking News: Coup Attempt in My Old Neighborhood, Equatorial Guinea

  1. I knew that Equatorial Guinea existed because when I started teaching years ago, this fabulous social studies teacher had a huge middle school unit on the continent of Africa. Students would eagerly share what they knew, so I got to know many country and city names. Sadly, with curriculum revisions, Africa is no longer covered during middle school beyond Ancient Egypt. The focus is mostly Euro-centric with a bit of Indian and Chinese culture thrown in.

    1. Thanks, Irene. I’m always glad to hear it when someone knows something about Equatorial Guinea. A cloak of secrecy descended over the country within months of its independence from Spain. That was October 12, 1968. Almost no news could get out until journalists were allowed again in 1979. I hope to shed some light when my memoir is published.
      Now, you may have seen in today’s (Feb 9) post on this blog that EG has just blocked Facebook, WhatsApp and VPNs. I appreciate your visiting my blog and getting back to me.

  2. wow, very sad. The people sound courageous. Even with the dangers, they still formed the opposition party. Not many people would stand up like that knowing it makes them a target.

    1. Kayla, I think about that so often. I love those people. I’m in awe of those who have the strength to be a part of the opposition when they know they may be signing their own death warrant. Thank you so much for your comment.

    1. Thank you, Anyor, for reading my post and responding. Sometimes it’s not easy to see this, but the blog is just one page of my website. You may enjoy seeing some old photos from Kano, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon on my other pages. All best wishes.

  3. I am indeed aware of Equitorial Guinea and its roots, but I was not aware they are struggling today in this way and not unlike too many other African nations. What a unique topic. I look forward to reading and researching this more. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Nefertiti. It is a treat to encounter someone who is familiar with Equatorial Guinea. I’ll enjoy hearing about how you happen to be acquainted with E.G. Thanks for your comment.

  4. What a terrible and heartbreaking situation! Sometimes I feel that nothing will change in this part of the world. These leaders never learn from their own history and it is the country that suffers. Thank you for sharing Bee!

    1. Thank you, dtills, for reading and for commenting. Yes, it is heartbreaking. I wish I could say that there’s some brighter news coming up. Unfortunately, I just received another grim report. I’m about to prepare another post which I hope to share tomorrow. Thanks again.

  5. What a fascinating read, fascinating and heart-breaking. What a difficult and oppressive tyrannical government to be living under. So sad for the people of this country and the unnecessary hardships they are experiencing.

  6. We should all speak our passions. Thank you for sharing yours. I’ve recently been able to add BBC News to my streamed news on TV and I love being able to watch Africa News programs, as well as just “news” that is not all political opinion as is the case on US national news.

  7. What a fine website! Your writing and your research are impressive! We don’t know much about Africa, and much less abut this part of Africa. You are making an important addition to Historical reporting!

    1. Carmen, thank you for those very encouraging words. There’s so little that’s been written about Equatorial Guinea, either in the past or currently. The stories that do make it into the news are primarily in the international press. I’m thankful for the opportunity to pass them on to you, who can then share it to a wider audience. Thanks for visiting my website and blog.

  8. We think we get world news, but you show how naive that perception is. Without authors like you there would be many more holes in the stories we tell about the past and present. Stories that give us the chance to learn and change and grow as human beings. You started caring and helping in the ’70s, and your book shows how the people of Equatorial Guinea are still in your heart. What an amazing book!

    1. Thanks, Laura. It’s so rewarding to get the word out and then find that it has connected with people like you–people who want to know about the suffering in an obscure little corner of our planet. Thank you for reading and for your comment.

  9. Fascinating and heartbreaking story. I was aware that Equatorial Guinea was a country, but that is pretty much all I knew. I am looking forward to reading, and learning more about, your living history. Thank you for sharing these excerpts.

    1. Mary Lou, if you were aware that Equatorial Guinea is a country you’re ahead of the game. It’s confusing. There are three Guineas on the West African coast and Papua New Guinea in Oceania. Thanks so much for reading and for your comment.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Pam. I’m glad you found this post to be – well, yes, I’m glad you found it scary. I’m happy for the opportunity to shine a light on a scary situation that too few know about.

  10. Thank you for educating me and others reading this about the serious difficulties in an area of the world that I know nothing about. It is a sad and frustrating situation that I will be praying about, hoping that the “dictator” in this country can be replaced with someone who can understand the difficulties and do something to bring about a change to help the suffering people.

    1. Thank you for that comment. I’m glad to be able to share information about that sad little country. So many people suffering unbelievable trauma. Thank you for visiting my website and blog. I hope you’ll continue to find something educational in my posts.

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