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Stories about Gambia

30 January 2017

‘Operation Restore Democracy’ Raises Hopes and Demands Across Africa

Energized by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's ouster, Africans are now criticizing many of the region's international groups for failing to remove other “dictators.”

27 January 2017

The Struggle to End Female Genital Mutilation in Africa

"If I had previously known what I know today, I would never have circumcised a single woman. We have caused much suffering to many daughters and wives."

15 December 2016

Gambians Fear President Jammeh Is ‘Putting the Lives of Citizens at Risk’ With His Rejection of Election Results

In a televised address Jammeh criticised the electoral commission and proposed fresh elections to be organised by "God-fearing" people.

28 November 2016

The Hotly Contested Gambian Presidential Race Enters Its Final Stretch

In the run up to the elections, there have been anti-government political protests, mostly in the Greater Banjul Area.

4 November 2016

Fear of Justice? Decolonisation? Gambians Speculate About Country's Wish to Quit International Criminal Court

"Breaking!! #Gambia withdraws from ICC. This follows the dictator's fear that his ex Interior Minister will incriminate him to gain asylum"

24 July 2016

Calls for the International Community to Intervene as Gambia Continues to Imprison Dissidents

Harsh prison sentences for opposition leaders and activists makes netizens concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in The Gambia.

16 June 2016

World Refugee Day: Fear of Arrest Drives Journalists Into Exile

Global Voices Advocacy

"I was paralyzed by the idea of exile. This is the first time I had decided to flee the country without knowing exactly when I would return."

10 May 2016

Gambian Protesters Allege Police Used Live Ammunition During Bloody Crackdown

The protests were part of an unprecedented movement in the Gambia calling for electoral reforms and the resignation of longtime President Yahya Jammeh.

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.

4 March 2016

One Gambian Journalist's Story of Persecution

The Bridge

Alaghie Jobe lives in exile in Senegal, fearful that at any moment he could be sought out and detained by the Gambian authorities. His crime: practising journalism in The Gambia.

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.

15 January 2016

The African Legacy of Alan Rickman and the Harry Potter Series

Reducing the wide range of his talents to a few blockbusters doesn't do justice to Rickman's career, which involved supporting charities that benefited people all around the world.

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

Global Voices Advocacy

"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.

3 August 2015

Exiled Journalist Speaks on Human Trafficking and The Gambia's Assault on Media Freedom

Global Voices Advocacy

Sanna Camara fled his home country in the face of legal challenges and death threats after he published a series of stories on human trafficking in The Gambia.

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."

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