Regional Director of UNESCO, Mrs Ann Therese Ndong Jatta
Mrs Ann Therese Ndon Jatta the former minister of Education in Jammeh’s government and now the Regional Director of UNESCO based in Dakar, Senegal has challenged the people of the Gambia, especially, the religious leaders to act now and salvage the peace in the Gambia before it’s too late.
Read in her own words…
“Where are our men of wisdom, integrity and good judgement who silently watch a whole nation torn apart? Where is justice? Why is the Nation brought to its knees because of fear. What must be done now? If this has gone beyond the people to defend themselves then the rest of humanity must be invited to salvage the nation? Where are the religious leaders? Certainly there is no religion which condones injustice.
Since he told you in his address at Koriteh to be challenged or be informed when things are not right or where he has gone wrong, please act now before it is too late. Do so tomorrow or before the start of next week. Pray in all churches and mosques across the nation and in the diaspora and call upon GOD’s intervention. GOD loves the Gambia.
I am sure Yahya has not been advised right by those who are more au fait with the justice system. Or are they also under the spell of fear! Is his cabinet also under the same spell? The only fear for me is the backlash. Gambians must sincerely call for a dialogue with the authorities and stem the tide of a possible chaos.
This is not the time for opposition parties to rejoice as they could be the next to be brought to their knees in his cherry picking strategy. Fear must not create this state of inaction. Dialogue with the functionaries of State is urgent. Please let us together find peaceful means to salvage the nation so that we do not all go down together.
It could be worse than Rwanda if we take up a response anticipated by the regime. We cannot be any match for military response from within. I invite Religious leaders of the different faith base to come together and agree on a way to advise the President and his cabinet. This is beyond politics. GOD bless Gambia and its people! I feel very troubled at heart for the Peace we once cherished is under threat!”
April 2016 protest held in London at Gambia embassy building
Protesters at in London
Leading protester, Lawyer Lamin Darboe at Downing Street
The tyranny and dictatorship in the Gambia have gotten to a point that requires the efforts of all and sundry. Since when Yahya Jammeh overthrows the democratically elected government led by Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara on the 22nd July 1994, the Gambia has never been the same again.
People have been burnt alive, tortured to death, raped, imprisoned, journalists murdered, women are made widows, children are made fatherless, families, communities and tribes have been permanently divided and damaged, the list is endless.
However, what is certain is that, unless we as Gambians find the urge to stand and liberate our country from Yahya Jammeh’s 22 years of moral, social and economic decadence, sadly the once beautiful and smiley country will eventually be wrecked to pieces in our very eyes. Continue reading →
The bodies of the remaining three people who died at Nechells recycling plant has been recovered according to the police. Detective Superintendent Mark Payne said: “All five bodies have been successfully recovered.
“They are in a temporary mortuary facility. We will move them to Coventry Hospital because there is specialist equipment that we use in postmortems.
“Forensic postmortems will take place on Monday.”
He said they will be working with the families to formalise the identities in the days ahead. “It’s a complicated process.”
West Midlands Police have confirmed the death of five men at Hawkeswood Metal recycling plant who were all Gambian nationals in Birmingham.
Tragedy struck at Hawkeswood Metal recycling plant, on Aston Church Road, at about 8.45am when a huge wall of concrete blocks, weighing about 1.5 tonnes each, collapsed on the men, say police.
One of the friend, Manka Sawo confirmed the nationality of the men and he said they were here from Gambia. Men who died from the accident are Almamo Jammeh, Muhammadou Jagana, Bangally Tunkara, Saibou Bujugi Sillah and Ousmane Diaby.
Mr Sawo said: “I know all of them. All of them are Gambians but they are Spanish nationals. They are living in Birmingham.
“One of them had a broken leg.
“He phoned one of the family members to tell them. We came here to find out what has happened.”
Meanwhile, police said there was no reason to believe a major fire at the plant earlier this year played a part.
Det Supt Mark Payne said: “It was a huge concrete wall and there is no evidence to suggest it was weakened by that fire.”
Tragedy has no time or place, it can strike at anytime and anywhere, we pray that Allah bless the souls of all the men and wish the injured a speedy recovery.