Donzos Militia (Guinea)

Country: Guinea
Details of Formation: The militia seemed to have existed before 2011, and participated in other conflicts in the region. The first evidence for collaboration with the Guinean government turns up during the demonstrations of the opposition in 2011. This is also the day set as the day of formation.
Details of Termination: Even though there was no evidence for further activity after 2010 the Government of President Conde is still in power (2014). There is no evidence that the group was disarmed or is not supported by the government anymore.
Purpose: The militia was used by the government to intimidate civilians.
Organisation: No information.
Weapons and Training: No information.
Size: No information.
Reason for Membership: The militiamen were described as tribal and some were former combatants in other West African conflicts.
Treatment of Civilians: The militia carried out attacks during demonstrations against protesters, including pregnant women and children. Militia members plundered houses to gain access to goods. One source reports that this behaviour was supported by the government, which could have led to an escalation of violence.
Other Information: Donzos or Dozos are originally traditional hunters from Mali and the Cote d'Ivoire.
References: Check PGMD for evidence.