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Suriname
 

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Status

Sporadic

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Netherlands

Surinam

Explanation

The former Dutch colony is a mixture of peoples. The Amerindians are found in the interior. Africans were brought as slaves and some escaped and founded African villages in the forest country. As in Guyana Indians from India were brought in to work the sugar plantations. Chinese are also found in the town.

The post independence government was overthrown by a military coup. The civil war which has grown out of this, as opponents of the ruling army group tried to overthrow them has led to a collapse of the economy and much destruction, especially of the Africans in the bush.

Last revised 28/2/92


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