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By Toby Green  

Ruins of the presidential palace in Guinea Bissau. The country's weakened institutions are poorly equipped to combat its growing drugs problem

Frederick Forsyth was in Guinea-Bissau when the country’s president Joao Bernardo Vieira was assassinated in 2009. The thriller writer was looking for “the flavour, the odour, of a pretty washed-up, impoverished, failed west African mangrove swamp,” a search which led him straight to the former Portuguese colony. “I thought, what is the most disastrous part of West Africa, and by a mile, it’s…

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