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Kouankan And The Guinea-Liberian Border

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This chapter examines the history of the Guinea-Liberian border through the lens of the small Guinean town of Kouankan, which is located some 25km from the border with Liberia. It attempts to discern how discourses and practices shaped by political economic conflicts in nineteenth century have themselves endured to shape conflicts in the twentieth century. The chapter reviews events surrounding the refugee camp in Kouankan. It then considers the history and foundation of Kouankan in regional context, and how this is significant to the ways ethnicities have become constructed in the region. Whilst the Condo confederation was a heterogeneous political confederation, the Kamara clan of Diomande appears to have been important to its establishment. During the second half of the nineteenth century Kuankan and Musadu were drawn into conflicts linked to Islamic state building.

Keywords: Condo confederation; Guinea-Liberian Border; Kouankan; Musadu; nineteenth century; refugees



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