Scam, kidnap by South African police

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The Republic of the Gambia

Map, flag and information from Wikipedia.

Gambia is the smallest country on the mainland of Africa; it is surrounded by Senegal except for a small coastline. Through this coastline, an estimated 3 million persons were kidnapped and transported in boats to the New World. The current population of Gambia is estimated at around 1.7 million.

Gambia has been robbed of its people and its resources by the French as well as the British. The British took down their flags in 1965.
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At Least 58 Migrants Drown After Boat Capsizes Off Mauritania
The boat left Gambia last month aiming for Canary Islands, part of Spain. But it approached the coast in West Africa seeking fuel and food.

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 12:40:04 GMT


More than 50 Migrants are Killed in a Sinking off the African Coast
A ship carrying about 150 migrants from Gambia to Europe sank on Wednesday off the coast of Mauritania, the United Nations migrant agency said.

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:34:12 GMT


Women in Gambia Describe Torture After Ex-President Called Them Witches
Gambia’s former president ordered people he accused of “witchcraft” to be kidnapped and tortured. The victims now plan to tell a truth commission what happened.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:28:17 GMT


Myanmar Genocide Lawsuit Is Filed at United Nations Court
Gambia, on behalf of Rohingya Muslims, opens an international dispute with Myanmar in an effort to have the country’s leadership tried for genocide.

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 09:06:31 GMT


How Much Do You Know About Gambia?
Can you find Gambia on a map? What else do you know about this African nation with about 2.3 million people?

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 10:15:00 GMT
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As Gambia crisis passes, displaced return from Senegal
Several thousand people have returned to the Gambia since ex-president Yahya Jammeh ceded power.

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:01 GMT


Senegal: Around 45,000 have fled political uncertainty in The Gambia
Around 45,000 people are now reported to have arrived in Senegal from The Gambia – according to the Senegalese Government, amid the ongoing political uncertainty as Senegalese and West African troops entered...

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:01 GMT


Some 45,000 people have fled uncertainty in Gambia as tension mounts
Women and children cross border of West African nation to Senegal as crisis talks take place.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:01 GMT


Gambians seek refuge in Senegal amid political tension
Several thousand Gambians have crossed to Senegal in the last 10 days to escape growing tension over the results of last month's presidential election.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:01 GMT


First anniversary of the Abidjan Declaration on the eradication of statelessness
Some 22,000 people acquired identity documents in West Africa in past year

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:01 GMT
Location of the Gambia (dark red area within circle) on the coast of West Africa.
Gambia leaves the Commonwealth of Nations. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p1119

I attended a reception for the Gambian Minister of Tourism on Oct 1st, 2013, in a jazz club in Philadelphia.

A gorgeous place, with blown up postage stamps of jazz greats all around the walls, and a pick-up jazz band playing.

It was organized by the Philadelphia group, the African and Caribbean Business Council, which is run by an energetic engineer, Azuka Anyiam. Dr Anyiam, his PhD is in mechanical engineering, has taken us to Trenton, and regularly hosts trade trips to countries in the Caribbean and Africa. And he is going to Gambia, and he wanted to tell Philadelphians about Gambia and about the trip.

We saw a movie about an island where kidnapped Africans were kept before being transported across the Atlantic to either die before they reached land, or a life of imprisonment and forced labor.

I believe this prison, this island, should be handed over to the NAACP or at least to African American organizations. To be run by the people of a country which happily executes anyone with a dissenting voice, and  this shrine used to generate tourist dollars to that country. This is too cynical.

Two days later, on Oct 3, 2013, Gambia left the Commonwealth of Nations. Member states mostly were former British colonies, although not Rwanda and Mozambique. Although the Queen of England is the ceremonial head of the Commonwealth, this title will not be passed down on her death. 

The Commonwealth thinks of itself as a group of 53 nations that plays cricket against each other, and sponsors athletic games. The heads of state get together every  years and talk about things that interest them.

The Commonwealth also has a code of ethics, and collectively were upset at Gambia's willingness to execute prisoners of conscience. And so Gambia left the Commonwealth rather than stop murdering its own people.

So now the continent of Africa, with 54 countries, has more countries than the Commonwealth.