Alpha Oumar Barry

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Alpha Oumar Barry
Minister of State for Exchange
In office
19 June 1972 – 2 August 1976
Personal details
Born october 1926
Hamidouya
Died 26 February 1977
Nationality Guinean

Alpha Oumar Barry (1925–1977) was a Guinean politician, a member of the cabinet of President Ahmed Sékou Touré in the first Guinean republic, who was later arrested and died at Camp Boiro.

Alpha Oumar was born in 1925, and trained as a doctor in Bordeaux, France. He was appointed chief medical officer in Kindia.[1] Alpha Oumar was appointed minister of state for Exchange in the cabinet announced on 19 June 1972.[2] He was also a member of the political bureau of the Democratic Party of Guinea (PDG).[3]

At a press conference on 2 August 1976, Sekou Toure announced the arrest in Conakry of several plotters, including Telli Diallo, Alpha Oumar Barry, Lamine Kouyaté and Alioune Dramé.[4] Both Alpha Oumar and Alioune Dramé had been childhood friends of Telli Diallo.[5] After his arrest, the camp commandant Siaka Touré transmitted a series of messages to Alpha Oumar from President Touré demanding that he confess to being a plotter to save the face of the revolution. Eventually Alpha Oumar gave in and made a confession.[6] On 12 February 1977, Alpha Oumar and others were placed on a "black diet", meaning they were deprived of food and water. He died on 26 February 1977.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas O'Toole, Janice E. Baker (2005). Historical dictionary of Guinea. Scarecrow Press. p. 23. ISBN 0-8108-4634-9. 
  2. ^ Djibril Kassomba Camara (2005). Le redressement national en République de Guinée: les effets pervers. Editions L'Harmattan. p. 59. ISBN 2-7475-9735-0. 
  3. ^ Thierno Bah (2009). 1954-1984, trente ans de violence politique en Guinée. Editions L'Harmattan. p. 368. ISBN 2-296-07282-8. 
  4. ^ Alpha Ousmane Barry (2003). Parole futée, peuple dupé: discours & révolution chez Sékou Touré. Editions L'Harmattan. p. 184. ISBN 2-7475-3612-2. 
  5. ^ Alpha Ousmane Barry (2004). Les racines du mal guinéen. KARTHALA Editions. p. 73. ISBN 2-84586-496-5. 
  6. ^ Ardo Ousmane Bâ (1986). Camp Boiro. Editions L'Harmattan. p. 196. ISBN 2-85802-649-1. 
  7. ^ Amadou Diallo (1983). "La mort de Diallo Telli 1er secrétaire général de l’OUA". Paris: Editions Karthala. Retrieved 2011-01-17.