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A group of people under the collective name of BAGA occupy the marshy lowlands along the Atlantic cost of the Republic of Guinea with its capital Conakry.
Shortly before they became independent in 1958, the Baga were forcefully converted to Islam. All religious practices were subsequently outlawed, and noncompliance was severely punished by the new Marxist regime headed by the dictator Sekou Toure, and it was not untill the take- over by a military government following the death of Sekou Toure in 1984, that the Baga were aloud to return to their animistic practices.