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I worked as a geologist/engineer at NIOC at the Mano River mine from 1977 to 1980, living in Lower Camp. My wife and I went out with no children, and returned with two daughters, both of whom were born at Mano River Hospital. We were there when the coup happened, and things were pretty rough for a few days, then the new government took control and the mine started operating again, though by then all the Kongos had left. Things got increasingly difficult economically for the mine, and we left in September 1980 when our contract was up