Thursday, December 02, 2010
Global Challenge: We've got Guinea!

Pam Camara and her husband were watching CNN International Tuesday night in High Falls, New York, when they saw meterologist Jenny Harrison’s spot on the Global Challenge -- our quest to approve an iReport from every country in the world.


"They showed the map of Africa and we both said, 'Guinea!'" she said.


She rushed to upload some of her photos from the West African country where her husband, Mimo, grew up.


Mimo Camara was a lead dancer with the national dance troupe of Guinea, Les Ballets Africains de la Republique de Guinee. He performed and traveled the world for 18 years before immigrating to the U.S. in 1995. They married in 2000 (Pam was a student in his dance class).


The couple teaches Guinea dance and drum classes in the Hudson Valley and return to the West African country for about a month each winter, taking Americans to study dance and drum with members of the national troupe.


Camara shot the above photo during a 2006 visit to Boke, the coastal region in western Guinea where her husband's siblings and their children live. It's a poor community that "lives on practically nothing," she said. The photo shows a pile of the reddish palm fruit that villagers use to cook with.


"They lay them out and dry them, and then they take them and pound them, and that’s how they extract the oil and then they cook with the oil. It’s got a really strong flavor and it adds to the good food."


Camara's contribution leaves us with four countries left in the Global Challenge: Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Nauru and Palau. Don't let your country be the last one! Add your images and help us cover the world.

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