Monday 26 June 2017
(APA 06/23/17)
Landing Kinteh has been appointed as The Gambia’s new Inspector General of Police, a police spokesman confirmed to APA on Thursday. Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Foday Conta said Kinteh is taking over from Jammeh-era IGP Yankuba Sonko with immediate effect although he would only report to work after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Former police commissioner at the Police Training School, Mamour Jobe has been appointed as Kinteh’s deputy. Until his appointment as IGP, Landing Kinteh has been serving at the African Union and United Nations hybrid peacekeeping mission in the restive Sudanese region of Darfur. He had reportedly abandoned his UN contract in Sudan to return and work in The Gambia. IGP...
(APA 06/23/17)
Gambia's new three-floor ferry, Kunta Kinteh, has the capacity to carry up to 2000 passengers, 27 cars, four trucks and state-of-the-art navigational aid and fire-fighting equipment devices for passengers. Speaking at the commissioning of the ferry on Wednesday, President Adama Barrow recalled the difficulties passengers experienced while crossing to and from Banjul-Barra for their normal work or personal schedules. Barrow said he had pledged to the electorate in the North Bank Region that once he was elected, he would fix the challenges of crossing the river that separates the city of Banjul and Barra. 'While the commissioning of the new ferry today will surely alleviate the present state of the ferry services, I am fully aware...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks...
(APA 06/21/17)
Gambian President, Adama Barrow will commission a brand new ferry scheduled to start operation on Wednesday and ease the challenges of crossing for tens of thousands of commuters who use the 7-kilometre stretch. The Gambia Ports Authority announced on Tuesday.that the new ferry will facilitate transportation of people and goods across the waters separating the capital, Banjul and the town of Barra in the North Bank of the River Gambia. The vessel with a capacity of 2000 landed at the Banjul shipyard earlier in June pending its commissioning ahead of the highly anticipated river transport services. It was purchased to help reduce the transport burden on the two ferries currently plying the crossing point...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/17)
"I'm prepared to die," says Abdullah Ibrahim, a 27-year-old migrant from The Gambia. "I want to go to Germany, I love Germany since I'm young. I hope my dream will come true." For the time being, that dream is on hold after a first attempt negotiating the dangers of the desert, then armed militias in Libya to reach the Mediterranean. But he failed to find passage on a vessel to Europe and has returned to the central Niger city of...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Extortion, corruption and fear; violence, hunger and sometimes even death: for west African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, the road to get there can be an absolute minefield. - Departure - Whether it's The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal or Nigeria, everything starts with the "hustlers" -- slang for the middlemen or fixers who organise the trip. Their honesty and prices vary, with the would-be migrant usually deceived about the welcome expected in Europe. Many possess no official documents from their home country, and do not understand illegal status in Europe. Most are ignorant about the extreme difficulties they will encounter en route. "We didn't know we were risking our lives," said Kante Sekou...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Maria gave smugglers all her family savings and crossed three countries and the searing Libyan desert, but when she finally boarded a boat for Europe her dream was swiftly shattered. She was 24 and pregnant with her second child when she left Liberia with her husband and their three-year-old son. The family passed through Guinea and Mali before crossing southern Algeria to reach the Libyan desert. "The smugglers took all our money" -- more than $2,150 (2,000 euros), she said...
(APA 06/14/17)
A 10-day ''National Dialogue on Peace and Reconciliation'' began on Tuesday to resolve the recent violent protest by natives of former President Yahya Jammeh's home village, Kanilai and nearby communities in the Foni Province, West Coast Region of the country. The dialogue is organized by the National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) of the Gambian Government. The protesters were demanded the withdrawal of the ECOMIG troops in the Kanilai, resulting to fierce clashes in which at least one of the...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Uche's real journey had yet to begin but he had already spent four days in the northern Nigerian city of Kano after travelling on public buses and potholed roads from Imo state in the southeast. He planned to go to Agadez, a transit town on the southern edge of the Sahara desert in central Niger, take a truck to Sebha, in southwestern Libya, and from there to the capital Tripoli, and then to Italy or Spain. But his contact, who...
(APA 06/12/17)
Gambian Information and Communication Infrastructure minister Demba Ali Jawo insisted Monday in Dakar, Senegal, on the need for good training of journalists in the fight against violent extremism. “In the era of social networks, everyone can claim to be a journalist without prior training. The terrorist can use this platform to get their messages across. The journalist himself may be the victim of indoctrination. This was the case of Rwanda before the genocide. This is why good training of journalists...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/08/17)
More girls are completing secondary school across sub-Saharan Africa as attitudes change and state spending rises, but some of the most marginalized girls — like those married young or forced to work — are still missing out, education experts say. The percentage of girls completing secondary school has risen in all regions of Africa since 2005, said a recent report by the African Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the U.N. Development Program. Almost twice as...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/17)
Building a network of African women leaders in fields ranging from business to politics could galvanize female leadership across the continent and boost peacebuilding efforts and good governance, the head of U.N. Women said on Tuesday. The African Women Leaders Network, which was launched last week in New York by the United Nations and the African Union Commission, hopes to drive more women into leadership roles, through mentoring, peer learning and harnessing contacts. By supporting women's leadership in Africa, the...
(AFP (eng) 06/06/17)
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said it has extended the mandate of its military mission in The Gambia. The force, consisting mainly of soldiers from neighbouring Senegal, was first sent to the small country in January to compel longstanding president Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power to his elected successor Adama Barrow. At a weekend summit in the Liberian capital Monrovia, the 15-nation body commended the "crucial role" played by the mission in keeping The Gambia secure but leaders took note of "the fragile situation" in the country and extended the mission for 12 months.
(AFP (eng) 06/04/17)
A Gambian protester died of gunshot wounds Saturday, the day after being shot as supporters of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh clashed with West African forces. Gambian information minister, Demba Ali Jawo, told AFP that a group of people had protested on Friday in Jammeh's home village of Kanilai, 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of the capital Banjul, over the presence West African ECOMIG forces in the area. "They were blocking roads and burning tyres in the streets," said Jawo...
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Fifty-four African Union member states will convene the 5th Continental Conference of Solidarity with Cuba in the Namibian capital from June 5-7, said an Naminian official on Thursday. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, said the aim of hosting the conference in Namibia is to intensify solidarity and to strengthen bounds of friendship between the people of Cuba and the progressive peoples throughout the African Continent. Namibia's President Hage Geingob will open and...
(AFP (eng) 06/01/17)
One in five children born with a twin sibling in sub-Saharan Africa dies before the age of five -- three times the rate among singletons, said a study Thursday. Almost two-thirds die in the first month of life -- often succumbing to the after-effects of a difficult birth or entering the world too early or underweight, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal. And while rates of under-five deaths in the sub-Saharan African region have declined over two...
(AfricaNews 05/31/17)
Gambian security forces will undergo a training programme in June on freedom of expression and the safety of journalists to improve their capacity to uphold rights of citizens. Facilitated by the British human rights organization, Article 19, with the support of UNESCO and funding by EU’s Governance Programme, the training will be held between June 5 to 10. “The training aims to improve the capacities of security forces in the Gambia to guarantee freedom of expression and the safety of...
(Washington Post 05/31/17)
The old man’s house had become a camp for the displaced. In the back yard, groups of women boiled water for rice. Small children skittered across the dirt, running into the bedroom, where they careened around the long, skinny legs of Elijah Karama. “Because of the conditions, they are mine to take care of,” said Karama, 57, more tired than proud. By conditions, he meant Boko Haram’s destruction of vast areas of northeastern Nigeria, and the hunger crisis that has...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
For decades, The Gambia has built a reputation as a haven for tourists willing to pay for sun, sand, sea... and sex. But its tourism board has ambitious plans to give a makeover to this tiny west African nation known until now to tourists mainly for muscular young men selling themselves on beaches to much older women from Europe. Abdoulie Hydara, director-general of the Gambia Tourism Board, dreams of his nation becoming the next Kenya or Zimbabwe -- African countries...

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