Guinea held its first-ever democratic election in 2010, after the army finally ceded power to civilians following the intense international condemnation of the Sept. 28, 2009 stadium massacre. But progress has been slow to come. And despite having the world's largest supply of bauxite, the raw material used to make aluminum, as well as steel, diamonds, gold and timber, Guinea's people remain mired in poverty.
One of the fundamental problems is a lack of accountability for the army. All of the soldiers implicated in the 2009 massacre remain at-large. And a colonel named by Human Rights Watch and U.N. investigators as a principal aggressor in the rapes and killings has continued to hold an important government post, despite scores of victims who saw him at the stadium.
Callimachi contributed to this report from Dakar, Senegal.
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