The ICRC in Guinea
In Guinea, the ICRC seeks to protect people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence, restore family links, and improve water supply. It visits detainees, advises the detaining authorities on detention related matters, and promotes IHL among various audiences. The delegation in Conakry also provides support for the ICRC office in Sierra Leone.
In Guinea since 1970, the ICRC opened its delegation in Conakry in 2001.
The ICRC's operations in the country comprise visiting detainees, improving access to drinking water, supporting health facilities and restoring family links between relatives separated owing to situations of violence. The ICRC promotes international humanitarian law to the armed and security forces, public officials, the media, academics and the general public.
The ICRC cooperates with the Red Cross Society of Guinea in order to strengthen the Society's ability to respond to operational emergencies, restore family links and spread knowledge of basic humanitarian principles.
During the violence that shook Conakry in September 2009 and led to numerous civilian deaths and injuries, the ICRC and the Red Cross Society of Guinea responded to the most urgent medical needs by facilitating the evacuation of the wounded and their treatment in local hospitals.
The ICRC's operations are run by its delegation in Conakry and its sub-delegation in the south-eastern city of N'Zérékoré.
Since 2009, the delegation has provided support for the ICRC office in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Following the end of the conflict in that country in 2002, the organization shifted its focus away from direct assistance and now concentrates on developing local capacity in IHL.
In both countries, the ICRC works with the National Societies to strengthen their capacity to respond to emergencies, promote the Red Cross and restore family links.