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Stories about Gambia

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.

One Gambian Journalist's Story of Persecution

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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"

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.

Disappeared Gambian Journalist Slammed With Sedition Charge

"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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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