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Gambia’s new leader met with hugs not protest
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Gambia’s new leader met with hugs not protest

The last time a Gambian president was in New York for a meeting at the UN, his hotel was jampacked with protesters chanting “free Gambia!” Security was tight, extra secret service personnel deployed and New York police tried to barricade angry protesters demanding then President Yahya Jammeh to leave power […]

Muhammed Bazzi ‘bribing’ village chiefs
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Muhammed Bazzi ‘bribing’ village chiefs

A Lebanese-born businessman linked to the country’s deposed ruler has been accused of bribing traditional rulers in communities where sand is mined. Muhammed Bazzii had offered such bribes of at least $2,500 to village chiefs, locally called Alkalos. For how long the practice has been going, is up for a […]

Gambia’s army transported Jammeh’s illegal minerals
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Gambia’s army transported Jammeh’s illegal minerals

Gambia’s military helped its former commander-in-chief, Yahya Jammeh to transport tons of minerals illegally mined and shipped out of the country to China. At least 50,000 tons of minerals, mostly rutile, zircon, and ilmenite were transported for Jammeh from mines across the country and loaded into 40ft containers. Some of […]

Banjul’s broken infrastructure needs urgent fixing
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Banjul’s broken infrastructure needs urgent fixing

Decades of wear, tear, and insufficient investment has already caught up with the Gambia’s island capital, Banjul. The city’s infrastructure is completely broken. Simply put it, the small West African nation’s capital is so decapitated stagnant water after rains look like small lakes and clogged gutters leave behind hazardous smells. […]