Controversial former interior minister Alseny René Gomez has recently published a book on his eight years spent in Camp Boiro in Conakry. The jail for political prisoners was one of the most infamous features of Sékou Touré's 1958-84 regime.
In his book entitled 'Camp Boiro: parler ou périr' ('Talk or perish'), Gomez writes, "Rats got better treatment than humans. Those that saw death coming would write on the walls of their cells in blood or feces."
Gomez, then interior minister, was a key figure in the February 1996 army mutiny that turned into an attempt coup against Gen. Lansana Conté's regime.