Benin is situated in Equatorial Africa and is one of the poorest countries of the world. One third of its population lives in extreme poverty and infant mortality is high. The film provides an overview of the geographic location of Benin in Africa, its natural environment, climate and population. A brief outline of its history shows the development from the kingdom of Dan-Homé to the People's Republic of Benin. Economy, infrastructure and expansion of agriculture are featured as well as the way of life, the complexity of religions, cultures and dialects. Educational opportunities for children and adolescents are insufficient. The catastrophic conditions of medical services, problems associated with AIDS and inadequate development aid are exposed.