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Camp Boiro Konakry, Guinea

To this day, just the name of this military base is enough to frighten any Guinean old enough to remember Sékou Touré's regime. Many dissidents (real or imagined) were imprisoned here; many were tortured and killed.

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Camp Boiro

The prison, which was emptied and abandoned in 1984 after Sékou Touré's death, is located in a corner of an army base, about a five-minute walk from our house.

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Camp Boiro

Former prisoners were on hand to describe their experiences. Mr. Diallo was a high-school administrator when he was arrested as part of the "Teacher's Plot" purge of 1961. He was in prison for six years without ever having been tried or sentenced.

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