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Stories about Gambia

3 May 2016

Something Unprecedented Is Happening in The Gambia and You Probably Have No Idea

Last month witnessed an unprecedented uprising in the tiny West African nation of The Gambia. The protests haven't garnered much attention internationally, but Global Voices has been watching.

23 April 2016

Pressure Mounts on Gambia’s President Over Worsening Human Rights Situation

Unhappiness at President Jammeh's 22-year rule is growing every day and the opposition is under huge pressure.

19 February 2016

The Gambia Commemorates 51 Years of Independence, But Not Everyone Is Celebrating

The Gambia celebrated 51 years of independence from Great Britain on February 18, 2016, more than half a century after becoming Africa's 37th sovereign state.

10 January 2016

Signs of Islamic Law Taking Root in The Gambia

President Yahya Jammeh said his country will be an Islamic state last year. What changes will 2016 bring?

29 December 2015

The Gambia Turns Talk Into Action, Passes Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Bill

After President Jammeh announced an executive ban on the practice hardly a month ago, lawmakers made good on the sentiment.

27 November 2015

Gambia's President Bans Female Genital Mutilation, but There's Still Much Work to Be Done

"Lost in all the celebrations...is the fact that FGM is not banned in The Gambia, at least not yet. There is no enforceable law on the books"

9 November 2015

On Net Freedom Report in Africa, The Gambia Scores Poorly

The Gambia, the tiny West African state, is the second worst when it comes to internet freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa.

5 August 2015

Disappeared Gambian Journalist Slammed With Sedition Charge

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"It seems the whole nation is behind bars," wrote one Facebook user on the disappearances of multiple journalists in The Gambia. Although facing charges, Abdoulie Ceesay's whereabouts remain unknown.

24 July 2015

The Gambia's Increasingly Isolated President Frees Almost All Prisoners

Yahya Jammeh has pardoned all convicts between 1994 and 2013 in celebration of 21st anniversary of his toppling of the democratically elected President Dawda Kairaba Jawara on 22nd July 1994.

25 June 2015

God Sets Term Limits, Not the Constitution, Says Longtime Gambian President Jammeh

Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh opposes presidential term limits. He believes God decides term limits and if God is willing, he may rule The Gambia for "one billion years."

25 May 2015

Region-wide Presidential Term Limits for West Africa? Not So Fast.

West African leaders have dropped the idea of instituting a two-presidential-term limit across the region, thanks to the opposition of Gambia and Togo, the only member states without term limits.

11 April 2015

Fifteen Years After Shootings, No Justice for Gambian Students

Fifteen years after security officers killed over a dozen students, a journalist and red cross volunteer, Gambians are still asking for justice.

8 April 2015

The Gambia Sentences Failed Coup Participants to Death, Life in Prison

Gambian soldiers who participated in a foiled coup on 30 December 2014 have been judged by a secret court. Human rights groups have expressed concern over the trials.

11 March 2015

Social Media Skewers Gambian President for Using Obama Letter as Propaganda

Did President Obama send a letter to congratulate Gambian citizens on the 50th Independence anniversary or endorse President Yahya Jamme's regime? It depends on who you ask.

14 October 2014

Some Gambians Don't Feel Like Celebrating President Jammeh's 20 Years in Power

Gambia is going through a ten-day long celebration marking 20 years since President Yahya Jammeh overthrew a democratically elected government.

18 September 2014

Ebola Hasn't Reached the Gambia, and People Are Working to Keep It That Way

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed nearly 1,900 people so far. In the Gambia, a social media campaign and a specially composed song are trying to raise awareness.

8 May 2014

Erykah Badu Still Plans to Perform for Gambian Dictator Yahya Jammeh

US singer Erykah Badu has become the target of criticism over a planned performance for President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia.

29 April 2014

Activists Battle Religion, Tradition in Gambia's Female Genital Mutilation Fight

Aja Babung Sidibeh followed cultural tradition and became a female genital mutilation (FGM) practitioner after the death of her parents years ago in her native Janjangbureh in the Central River Region...

24 December 2013

Are Volunteer Programs Empowering — or Exploitative?

Let's ask the volunteers to find out! In many countries, volunteers fulfill important basic services for governments and charities.

4 October 2013

The Gambia Quits British Commonwealth, Calling It ‘Extension of Colonialism’

"The Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution," the West African country announced in a statement released this week.

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