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Human Rights Violation Continues in The Gambia As Time Has Proven Jammeh Wrong

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Jammeh in his own words back in 1994

More than a thousand times people have written about the human rights issues in the Gambia since Yahya Jammeh illegally seized power in July 1994 and often than not so many people in and out of the Gambia have ignored the pleas. The issue is getting out of hand in the minute just as the Monday 26 October 2015 Foroyaa newspaper’s headline indicates “Detention Without Trial, Disappearance Without Trace Continues Unabated in The Gambia” and these are things that  were alien in the Gambia before 1994 and two examples which shocked and still fresh and vivid in the memory of many Gambians are the brutal murder of Koro Ousman Ceesay the former Finance Minister of the then AFPRC government and the brutal murder and maiming of students on the 10th and 11th April 2000.

People are being arrested on a daily basis and yet nobody has the will to talk about it and that is why Foroyaa Newspaper has to be commended for their boldness and as usual when it matters to bring such issues to light. In July this year, Yahya Jammeh announced the pardoning of some prisoners and some of us had reservations that, it is not out of goodwill Jammeh had to do this and time has proved us right. From July to now the  human rights violations and impunity have continued which resulted in the arrest and detention of more 21 people without trial and some of them, their family members still don’t know their whereabouts. Such people include Mr. Buba Ceesay, Mr. Sheikh Omar Colley, Imam Alhaji Ousman Sawaneh, Mr. Ousman Jammeh, Mr Seedy Jaiteh the list is inexhaustible. The suffering and trauma that those families faces are ongoing on a daily basis while Jammeh and his lieutenants continue to live their normal lives and yet he he calling for change, what a hypocrite Jammeh?

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Some of Yahya Jammeh’s April 10 victims

If Jammeh was serious about his so called presidential pardoning the likes of Amadou Sanneh should have been free by now, but that was all part of his strategy to relieve some of pressure off him that is why he let go some prisoners and still detained some. Meanwhile, talking about the 10/11 April student victims, it’s fifteen years and counting yet Jammeh is still not bold enough to repeal the controversial indemnity act that prevents the killers of the students from prosecution, yet Jammeh thinks people will take him seriously, no way Mr Jammeh! However, the recent trial of the former Chadian president Hissene Habre in Senegal and the exhumation of the remains of the former president of Bukina Faso, Thomas Sankara are all encouraging signs and warning to Jammeh that no matter how long it takes Justice Must Be Served one day!

Take note from Abraham Lincoln “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

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Reality Check on The Gambian “Semesters”: The Double Effects of Their Actions and Behaviours

“Semesters” Needs to Be Real to Gambian Youths

The current exodus of youths in The Gambia is due to a combination of factors, repressive government, abject poverty and misrepresentation of the facts from the Diasporans or the so-called “Semesters”. The focus of this article is on the “Semesters” because I felt there is need to have an honest discussion on this subject matter. The majority of Gambian families have a member or two living outside the Gambia and quite often they are responsible for their families back in The Gambia.

According the CIA country report, remittance inflows to The Gambia amount to about 20% of the country’s GDP, hence the importance and influence “Semesters” have on an average Gambian family. Over 85% of houses and private properties are built or owned by “Semesters” and 90% of those that annually undertake private pilgrimage to Mecca are sponsored by “Semesters”. The school fees, uniforms, the everyday food are almost all provided by “Semesters”. The majority of Gambian youths escaping the failed and brutal regime of Yahya Jammeh are sponsored by the “Semesters”, the list is inexhaustible.

However, the majority of “Semesters” who goes to Gambia on vacations do not show or manifest the real life they are living in their various countries of residence especially those in Europe and Americas. On average, “Semesters” plan and budget their vacations between 12 to 24 months and as soon as they landed in The Gambia most of them change attitude, approach and manner. Before leaving for abroad, most of these “Semester” have never ridden, drove or even pedal a bicycle of their own yet when they return they behave as if they have fallen from heaven. Some “Semesters” have no respect for the police, former friends and in some occasions family members, act in an unruly and unacceptable manners. Additionally, they create false impressions to youths in The Gambia, who without knowing are trapped believing that all is plain sailing in Europe and America and in reality it’s far from that. Some of them would rent cars, stay in very expensive accommodations, eat out at expensive restaurants and dress in the best of dresses and jewellery, wore designer perfume etc. These impressions are what everyone wants in reality, however, most of the money used to fund these short and expensive live styles of “Semesters” in The Gambia are borrowed in one way or another and are one of the major factors why the rest of the youths in The Gambia wants to go abroad.

Like the old saying ‘action speaks louder than words’, when “Semesters” return back to Gambia act and stay normal the youths will have a different perspective about living abroad and most of them would think twice before deciding to venture into the unknown. “Semesters” should be truthful to their families, friends and acquaintances because they are seen as role models and term as successful and these are responsibilities vested on their shoulders, which they need to take with seriousness to change the current trend of the youth mass exodus from The Gambia.

Reality Check on The Gambian “Semesters”: The Double Effects of Their Actions and Behaviours

“Semesters” Needs to Be Real to Gambian Youths

The current exodus of youths in The Gambia is due to a combination of factors, repressive government, abject poverty and misrepresentation of the facts from the Diasporans or the so-called “Semesters”. The focus of this article is on the “Semesters” because I felt there is need to have an honest discussion on this subject matter. The majority of Gambian families have a member or two living outside the Gambia and quite often they are responsible for their families back in The Gambia.

According the CIA country report, remittance inflows to The Gambia amount to about 20% of the country’s GDP, hence the importance and influence “Semesters” have on an average Gambian family. Over 85% of houses and private properties are built or owned by “Semesters” and 90% of those that annually undertake private pilgrimage to Mecca are sponsored by “Semesters”. The school fees, uniforms, the everyday food are almost all provided by “Semesters”. The majority of Gambian youths escaping the failed and brutal regime of Yahya Jammeh are sponsored by the “Semesters”, the list is inexhaustible.

However, the majority of “Semesters” who goes to Gambia on vacations do not show or manifest the real life they are living in their various countries of residence especially those in Europe and Americas. On average, “Semesters” plan and budget their vacations between 12 to 24 months and as soon as they landed in The Gambia most of them change attitude, approach and manner. Before leaving for abroad, most of these “Semester” have never ridden, drove or even pedal a bicycle of their own yet when they return they behave as if they have fallen from heaven. Some “Semesters” have no respect for the police, former friends and in some occasions family members, act in an unruly and unacceptable manners. Additionally, they create false impressions to youths in The Gambia, who without knowing are trapped believing that all is plain sailing in Europe and America and in reality it’s far from that. Some of them would rent cars, stay in very expensive accommodations, eat out at expensive restaurants and dress in the best of dresses and jewellery, wore designer perfume etc. These impressions are what everyone wants in reality, however, most of the money used to fund these short and expensive live styles of “Semesters” in The Gambia are borrowed in one way or another and are one of the major factors why the rest of the youths in The Gambia wants to go abroad.

Like the old saying ‘action speaks louder than words’, when “Semesters” return back to Gambia act and stay normal the youths will have a different perspective about living abroad and most of them would think twice before deciding to venture into the unknown. “Semesters” should be truthful to their families, friends and acquaintances because they are seen as role models and term as successful and these are responsibilities vested on their shoulders, which they need to take with seriousness to change the current trend of the youth mass exodus from The Gambia.

Thione Seck Speaks Out After Another Counterfeit and Ticket Manupulation Scandal Implicating His Son Alioune Seck

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Thione Seck the Lead Singer of Ram Daan Band

Reports from one of the Senegalese news agents,  Grand Place in Dakar indicates that one of Thione Seck’s sons Alioune Seck has been implicated in a money laundering scandal similar to the one his dad has been charged with. According to Grand Place, three Senegalese were arrested in Keur Massar with counterfeit francs denomination of 10000, 5000, 2000 and 500 and counterfeit manufacturing arsenal was also among the materials seized by the Senegalese police.

Meanwhile, captivated by residents due to their flamboyant lifestyles, the men were reported to the police by residents and the police conducted investigation into their activities which led to their subsequent arrest. According to Grand Place, the three men indicted Alioune Seck as the mastermind behind the group. One of the men arrested said that he had an appointment with the son of the lead singer of “Raam Daan ‘for another ticket multiplication operation.  Police investigations are ongoing, but Thione Seck’s son has not been arrested yet as he is alleged to be out of the country, but the three men have been referred to prosecutors.

However, speaking from prison of Cap Manuel, Thione Seck denied this latest scandal rocking him and his family, “I want to thank all my friends for the support they have continued to show me since the start of the event. I want to reassure them that I saw the incarceration with great faith after being satisfied that it stems from the will of God. I live well and continues to give thanks to God. However, given the course of events, I ask myself a number of questions that I want to share with all my friends. Since the beginning of this case in which I am a victim, he goes weird things that lead me to ask myself questions. It was always about conspiracies perpetrated by powerful lobbies. There was also talk of Masonic Lodge and other sponsors. I cannot condone these allegations, but I cannot help thinking that indeed there are some strengths lurking in the shadows who want to bury myself, ” said Thione Seck in a message.