Archive | April 2015

IN RESPONSE TO BABA OR BAH EBOU’s VIDEO POSTED ON FACEBOOK ON THE 22 APRIL 2015

It is every human being’s natural right to have an opinion and your opinion should be heard and be respected, however, every right comes with a responsibility. I most admit that Baba or Bah Ebou is a stress reliever, even when you are stressed whenever you watch his films online it must put a smile on your face and that is great because usually Gambians are shy of such acts. However, there is a film titled ‘MESSAGE TO HATERS’ that concerns me and I found one particular statement in his film concerning. In the film he mentioned that he will not follow those who insults Yahya Jammeh because he wants to go back to The Gambia as he does not want to live and die in the cold. I found that statement to be irresponsible, selfish and insulting to the victims of Yahya Jammeh’s brutality, because there is no need for anyone to wait until Yahya Jammeh’s terror comes your way directly before you realise that he is a dictator and Gambians deserves better.

Two US citizens of Gambian origin Alhaji Ceesay and Ebrima Jobe had gone to Gambia since 2013 and since then their whereabouts are still unknown to their families and friends. However,  Alhaji and Ebrima were not critiques of Yahya Jammeh neither do they ever insulted him, but they have disappeared under his guidance and up to this hour they have not been seen. This goes to show you that no one is spared from Yahya Jammeh’s terror and you have countless examples this. Fifteen years ago this month, 16 students, including a journalist and a Red Cross volunteer were massacred in the Gambia by Yahya Jammeh and his thugs and up to date no one has been brought to account. You also have countless examples of the killings and enforce disappearance of many innocent Gambians.

As someone who claimed to have followings you should know better that it is selfish and irresponsible for you to be only concerned about your eminent return to the Gambia while those victims are yet to taste justice. One of the reasons why Yahya Jammeh still continues to reign his terror on Gambians are our individualism and selfish thoughts and acts. Most of you are concerned about themselves and very few are concerned about the country and as John F. Kennedy said “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”, and as long as we are not ready to stand for the collective good of the country then the Gambia you want to return to would be doomed before your eyes. As long as we do not see the bigger picture, which is The Gambia, Jammeh will continue to havoc terror on Gambians without mercy and the people and their properties will continue to be his subjects.

The freedom and peace you are enjoying in the US was fought for with the blood and sweat of other people, which is why you can say whatever you want without the fear of arrest or murder, but the same is not true of the Gambia. People who want to change the status quo in the Gambia need encouraging, but not irresponsible statements like those of yours. Every Gambian living outside the Gambia definitely likes to return home one day, but not to return to a failed and doomed state that Yahya Jammeh is directing the country to.

Like I said in the beginning everyone is entitled to your opinion, but that right also comes with a responsibility which we all need to safeguard. Thank you and long live the Gambia.

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Gambians in the UK Protesting against dictatorship in The Gambia 

                   
Gambians in the UK today Saturday 25th April 2015 held a protest march from Trafalgar Square to 10 Downing Street to march against dictatorship and seek justice for the victims of April 10&11 in The Gambia. It was a well attended protest and among the protesters Ebrima Chogan, Yankuba Darboe and Flex spoke at length to highlight the plight of The Gambians since 1994 under the brutal and repressive regime of Yahya Jammeh. 
As we all know Gambia is the smallest country in the main land Africa but they have one of the worst dictator in the person of Yahya Jammeh. He cares about only one thing, which is to stay in power as long as he can under any circumstances and that has resulted to the killings, imprisonment, maimed, tortured, disappearances of thousands of Gambians. In The Gambia it is a crime to criticise the government or write anything that the government disapprove of. 

Gambians must stand up to dictatorship and fight to end it else the country is on the wrong track.  

BREAKING NEWS: Gambian in the UK are calling for protest to highlight the repressive regime of Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia

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BREAKING NEWS: Protest! Protest! Protest!

As the people of The Gambia continued to be repressed, falsely accused and jailed, tortured, maimed and killed by the brutal and repressive government of Yahya Jammeh which as a consequence, many people are forced to flee the country. Most of those who fled often ends fleeing to Senegal which used to be the save heaven for Gambian refugees, however, the Senegalese government of recent has turn its back on it’s moral and democratic duties in either deporting Gambian dissidents or allowing the infamous NIA agents to kidnap them from Senegal. This as a result, many Gambian refugees now resorted to dangerous journeys like traveling to Libya and eventually the Mediterranean Sea to try to travel to Europe either dead or alive.

This month 15 years ago, 16 students including a journalist and Red Cross volunteer were murdered by Yahya Jammeh in the Gambia and up to date no justice for the victims. These crimes and many other crimes committed by Yahya Jammeh need to be protested both in The Gambia and outside and that is why Gambians in the UK want to call on everyone to join them to protest and highlight the repressive and brutal conditions Gambians are living in.

Date: Saturday, 25th April 2015

Place: London, Trafalgar Square, South Africa House

Time: 14:00 PM BST

Please lets join forces and put an end to this Yahya Jammeh’s dictatorial and brutal regime out of The Gambia as Gambian deserved better.

TWO GAMBIA CRICKETERS DENIED UK VISAS

According to reports, two cricketers from Gambia have been refused sports visas to visit Sussex this summer, sparking anger from amateur players in the county. The Sussex Seniors team have sponsored cricket in Gambia for seven years and have raised up to £70,000. This summer, they wanted to bring two players to Sussex to experience village cricket, but visas were refused. Spokesman Andrew Shanks said he was “hopping mad”. The Home Office said it did not comment on individual cases.

Mr Shanks said Sussex Seniors invited the Gambia cricket team’s captain and vice-captain with all expenses and accommodation provided, and he had sponsored their applications. But immigration officials said they believed the players had no intention of returning to Gambia and advised the team to invite two players from the EU, he said.

Mr Shanks, from Uckfield, said: “They’re almost insinuating we’re liars. “They’ve said they don’t think they are coming for cricket, they don’t think they are going to be accommodated and looked after, and in all probability they have no intention of returning to Gambia. “We just thought we would love to invite their captain and vice-captain over purely to play village cricket in Sussex for the summer – but the government has decided they can’t come.”

Captain Mbye Dumbuya said it was disappointing. He said the players had wanted to visit their sponsors to develop their game and have more playing time, then return to Gambia to develop their team and their programme. “All this was just the agenda,” he said. “There was nothing like going there and absconding. It has never been our intention.”