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Title: VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS HELD PREFECT HOSTAGE FOR 3 HOURS

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SUBJECT: VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS HELD PREFECT HOSTAGE FOR 3 HOURS 
 
¶1.  (U) Poloff spoke over the telephone with the prefect of 
Forecariah, Mme Marie Guilavogui, on March 26 in order to 
confirm a March 21 internet report (Aminata.com) regarding a 
short-lived military mutiny in her prefecture.  The prefect 
said that a group of armed volunteer soldiers held her 
hostage for about three hours on March 21, but that she was 
not physically hurt during the ordeal.  (NOTE.  Forecariah is 
located about 90 minutes from Conakry, on the border with 
Sierra Leone.  END NOTE.) 
 
¶2.  (SBU) According to Guilavogui, 100 of the 900 plus 
pending military recruitments were reserved for the 
prefecture of Forecariah.  She said that Forecariah is home 
to a number of &volunteer soldiers,8 men who volunteered to 
join the military in 2000 when conflict in neighboring Sierra 
Leone spilled over into Guinea.  These soldiers were 
reportedly promised that they would be officially recruited 
into the military at the next opportunity.  However, 
Guilavogui said that most of them were not recruited for the 
100 spots because they did not qualify according to basic 
recruitment requirements such as physical fitness and a clean 
bill of health. 
 
¶3.  (SBU) The prefect told Poloff that when the lists were 
released, a group of volunteer soldiers were angry that they 
were being passed over, and reacted by creating four 
different road blocks.  Upon hearing of the unrest, 
Guilavogui went to the scene in order to try and &calm the 
situation.8  When she got there, she said that the soldiers 
were in the process of breaking open the weapons armory. 
They reportedly stole the weapons and then took her hostage. 
 
¶4.  (SBU) Guilavogui said that after a few fours, the 
Ministry of Defense and a military base in nearby Kindia sent 
two trucks each of soldiers who were able to subdue the 
mutineers and get the situation back under control.  The 
prefect said that 27 of the volunteer soldiers were arrested 
and taken to Kindia.  In addition, she said that she has 
successfully &recovered many of the stolen weapons,8 but 
that some still remain unaccounted for. 
 
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¶5.  (SBU) The military is considered one of the best 
employers in Guinea and jobs as soldiers highly desirable. 
The Ministry of Defense has been making promises to the 
&volunteer soldiers8 for years and now that they are in the 
process of recruiting, it is becoming increasingly clear to 
the volunteers that those promises will not be honored. 
Defense currently does not officially recognize volunteer 
soldiers as legitimate servicemembers.  END COMMENT. 
BROKENSHIRE