It is one of the poorest countries in Africa, undermined by ongoing coups and rampant corruption, ruled by soldiers and crushed by the traffic of cocaine from South America. It is Guinea-Bissau, a small state in West Africa, which not even the international community knows how to help.
Here’s the thing about cocaine in Guinea-Bissau: you don’t see it, notice or even hear talk of it. The white powder seems to be taboo here, an abstract thing. Yet in this small West African country – ranked 176th out of 187 in the United Nations Human Development Index – cocaine commands and rules.
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