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Jammeh is required under Gambia’s constitution to cede power to president-elect Adama Barrow by January 19, 2017.
Since December 31, intelligence agents have arrested and briefly detained at least six people for wearing or selling t-shirts bearing the logo of the #Gambiahasdecided movement, which has called for Jammeh to respect the election results and step down.
I was reminded of the million other ways in which one could focus empathy into action for the people of The Gambia.
When I arrived at the village, the first sound I heard was the delighted shouts of children, taking the last minutes before sunset to run and play.
Several of the children were playing at the mission-sponsored well, pumping water up and down like a seesaw and laughing joyously as they took turns, each trying to pump faster than the last. The entire village had no running tap water, and in about one hour, candlelight and the moon's current phase would provide the only light by which to eat, work, or move about.
Well-intentioned development organizations or even private investors—it had been explained to me by many Gambians—funded most of the construction projects.Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.The government of President Yahya Jammeh, defeated in Gambia’s December presidential election, has arbitrarily arrested opposition sympathizers and closed three independent radio stations in the past week, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today.The oversized van was packed with nearly thirty sweaty strangers and only one working window, topped by a roof stacked with assorted parcels, rice bags, firewood and goats.It crawled at a pace that felt no faster than a brisk jog up the dusty road to N’jau.