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UN offers digital equipament to preserve Guinea-Bissau history

The National Institute of Studies and Research and the National Library Of Guinea-Bissau, the Guyanese Association of Documentalists, Archivists and Librarians presented new digital equipment offered by the UN to preserve the country’s history.


“With this equipment, we are committed to creating a digital library for Guinea-Bissau” stated Director General of the Iaguba Djaló Library.


Due to the 1998 and 1999 Civil War, most of the historical documents and archives of various public institutions were destroyed.
The recovery of this memory will be possible through digital equipment that will allow 120,000 documents, 3,000 photographic images, 8,000 films and 4,000 microfilms to be digitised.


Iaguba Djaló affirms that it is a difficult job to limit in time due to two aspects, first aspect the well-trained and motivated human resources, financial and transport means.


The second aspect is the preservation of documents due to the tropical climate with excessive and temperatures that can be harmful to organic matter.


It also suggests the rehabilitation of buildings so that the necessary conditions for the preservation of documents are created.

Written by: Cristina Lopes Da Fonseca

Source: Noticias ao Minuto

Ragui & Bagui is the name of the new children’s project by Eric Daro

Ragui & Bagui is the name of the new children’s project by Eric Daro that will be launched on 1st of June, the date that the world celebrates children’s day.

Daro, who is already a well-known artist, uses his art to educate and motivate children.

In 2018 the artist released his song ABC Localizan, which came with a music video with a lot of animation and learning.

The video was recorded in a school in Guinea-Bissau. It was the children’s version of the original song “Localizan” and aimed to alert and raise awareness both for adults and children about the importance of education.

Ragui & Bagui aims to educate children through educational content, games , music and a lot of entertainment.

Ragui which is the prefix of Rapaz / Rapacinho (boy ) and Gui the suffix of Guigui (Guinean).

As well as Bagui which is the prefix of Badjuda (girl) and the suffix of Guigui (Guinean).

It was the artist’s inspiration to create the project’s name in a way that did not create an ethnic name that could consequently cause social division.

Eric Daro believes that education has a crucial role in society, and it is important that we educate our children to value african culture.

The full episodes will be published on the official YouTube channel Ragui & Bagui and the first one will be release on 1st of June.

Written by: Pucurutcha Stella

José Manuel In-Uba , the doctor who works in Aveiro and helped to build up six schools in Guinea-Bissau | Nobalur

José Manuel In-Uba is 59 years old, he was born in the Oio region , the northern part of Guinea-Bissau.

He emigrated to Portugal over 20 years ago, but never forgot his country. José Manuel is a doctor who currently works in Aveiro and São João da Madeira.

Over the years he has helped his country build up six schools in the village where he was born, Bindoro.

In addition to helping in the construction and rehabilitation of school in the neighboring boards.

The Guinean doctor created in 2017 a foundation, thus seeking that his solidarity activity has an greater impact.

The foundation focuses on health and education.

In the begging of the currently year the Foundation José Manuel In-Uba went to Guinea-Bissau with Doctors and nurses from Aveiro and Famalicão in order to help and train general practitioners to perform surgery.

Eleven doctors and nurses from Aveiro and Famalicão hospitals ran a solidarity marathon in Guinea-Bissau: in 15 days they operated 200 people, most of them children, in Simão Mendes Hospital.

  The team took all the necessary surgical equipment and willingness. In addition to voluntary assistance , they gave a training course for local doctors and nurses.

Through his foundation , José also rised school supplies, clothes and toys. Recently he made the donation delivery in Guinea-Bissau and TVI shared a report.

The bird that flies from Iceland to Guinea-Bissau without eating or drinking | Nobalur

A team of investigators has discovered a new hero in the bird world: It’s called a blowtorch and has opened “a highway between the Arctic and the tropics” with a nonstop flight between Iceland and Guinea-Bissau.

It is a “very narrow bridge that we almost call a highway between the Arctic and the tropical areas in the Bijagos,” Guinea-Bissau archipelago, he said.

Source: Agência Lusa

José Alves is one of the co-authors of the scientific paper explaining the discovery (in an AU partnership with Iceland) and which was published on Wednesday by the journal Nature. The cycle is repeated every year by the bird whose weight is around 350 grams “relatively small for these intercontinental flights”.

The blowtorch, also known in Portugal as the Galician blowtorch (and under the scientific name Numenius phaeopus) “reproduces in Iceland, where it spends three months a year” and then makes the direct flight to the Bijagos Islands in Guinea-Bissau, “ where it spends seven to eight months ”- when in Europe it’s winter. The Bijagos Islands feed the bird before returning north, this time stopping in Ireland and then to Iceland.

The discovery was made thanks to the tracking of the species with a geolocator, a grass-weighing apparatus that attaches to one of the bird’s legs and records the course and timing of the movements. Knowing the blowtorch is important “to understand what the links are” in a long chain that stretches thousands of miles.

“It is fundamental knowledge that is always ahead of applied knowledge and allows us to understand that conserving only here [in Guinea-Bissau] makes no sense without conserving in Iceland,” exemplified José Alves.

Guinea Bissau has five of seven species of sea turtle in the world|Nobalur

Source : Observador

A small island of Poilão in the Bijagos archipelago, just over two square kilometers, is the sanctuary of green turtles, olive, scales, leather and loggerhead.

  Five of the world’s seven sea turtle species spawn on the island of Poilão in southern Guinea-Bissau, the coordinator of the biodiversity department of the Institute for Biodiversity and Protected Areas (IBAP) told Lusa. According to Aissa Regalla, a small island of Poilão is the “third most important place in the world and the first in Africa” for spawning green turtles, one of the most iconic subspecies of animals, after Costa Rica and Ascension Island, a small British territory in the south Atlantic.

  Between August and November, an island of Poilão will be the center of scientific research on the life and dynamics of more than 21,000 sea turtles that are available, reaching every corner of the world.

  Scientists and researchers from ISPA – University Institute of Psychological, Social and Life Sciences (Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon) and University of Exeter (England), with funding from the MAVA Foundation, participating in the 14th turtle testing campaign in Poilão, to, among other things, “to determine exactly” where it will be stopped after leaving Guinea-Bissau, he said. “For the first time, satellite-monitored devices will be used on turtles to track their movement,” said Aissa Regalla.

  Who knows that Guinea-Bissau accepts five of the seven species of sea turtle in the world. A small island of Poilão in the Bijagos archipelago, just over two square kilometers, is the sanctuary of green turtles, olive, scales, leather and loggerhead. They do not exist in Guinea-Bissau as kemp and natator depressus turtles.

  Some studies already carried out in previous campaigns have shown that each night, between August and November, the number of inhabitants of 700 turtles reaches about 700 turtles, each animal pays 150 eggs, of which only five percent of the young arrive. to adulthood.