In a powerful display of frustration, survivors of December’s catastrophic oil explosion in Conakry, Guinea, gathered to protest what they perceive as unfulfilled assurances from the military government regarding the reconstruction of their shattered homes.
The aftermath of the explosion claimed the lives of 20 individuals, leaving an additional 240 injured in its wake. The impact was severe—structures were ravaged, windows shattered, and residents hastily evacuated their homes.
Taking to the streets in an impromptu demonstration, led predominantly by women, hundreds voiced their discontent on Thursday, bringing the administrative and business hub of Conakry, Kaloum, to a standstill.
Amidst the throng, placards delivered poignant messages: “No more empty promises,” “Cease the bloodshed,” “Guinea and Kaloum are in agony,” and “We’re exhausted! Our children are at risk!”
By blocking highways, the demonstrators disrupted the morning routines of office-goers, underscoring the urgency of their cause. Their grievances extended beyond broken promises, encompassing the government’s reduction in food aid, soaring food prices, and stringent controls on internet and media access.
As the protest persisted for hours, law enforcement responded with tear gas to disperse the impassioned crowd, marking a tumultuous climax to a day of collective outcry against perceived negligence and unmet commitments.