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Photo News: Tourists & Citizens Flee Gambia As ECOWAS Orders Yahya Jammeh To Quit Power

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January 19, 2017 – Photo News: Tourists & Citizens Flee Gambia As ECOWAS Leaders Order Yahya Jammeh To Quit Power

  • Gambians and tourists were leaving Gambia in droves as the deadline set by ECOWAS leaders for President Yahya Jammeh to quit power expires.

  • Bus parks were scenes of chaos as people boarded buses, packing suitcases onto trucks and hiring canoes to flee the capital of Banjul, as President Yahya Jammeh clung to power on the eve of his rival Adama Barrow’s planned swearing in.

The Banjul airport was also chaotic as many people struggled to board planes to fly out of the country
Jammeh, a former soldier who once vowed to rule for “a billion years”, is refusing to step down, despite condemnation from regional leaders and threat of an imminent invasion by West African troops to enforce his election defeat.

Residents in two Senegalese border towns reported heavy troop movements towards the frontier and a Senegalese military source confirmed the build up.

In a sign he is digging in, Gambia’s National Assembly passed a resolution to allow Jammeh, who has been in power since a 1994 coup, to stay in office for three months from Wednesday.

The president’s allies have deserted in their droves — at least eight ministers have so far resigned of whom four quit in the past 48 hours — and it is unclear how many of his own armed forces will be willing to defend him once his mandate expires.

But many Gambians are not waiting to find out.

At the sandy Bundung Garage bus station in the capital, Banjul, women carrying infants strapped to their backs queued up to get the belongings they had salvaged onto buses bound for the southern border with Senegal.

Men and children sat patiently amid piles of suitcases, rolled up foam mattresses, bags of rice, bottles of cooking oil.

“The last three days we’ve been submerged,” said bus park manager Sonore Momodou Choi, his face shaded from the blazing sun by a fishing hat.

“Normally we load three minibuses per day. This week we’re 25 a day, not including the bigger buses.”
Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, but a Banjul-based diplomat said it wasn’t clear what extra powers this would give his forces or if the president even had the authority to enforce it.

Others fled on pirogues across the river that splits Africa’s smallest country down the middle.
In Zinguinchor, in Senegal’s Casamance region south of Gambia, a Reuters witness saw 12 children crammed in the back of a van on a beach less a few hundred metres from the Gambian border next to a heap of belongings in plastic bags.

“We were scared by what we saw on the news,” explained 14 year old Moussa Camara from Kafotang in Gambia. He crossed over in a pirogue with 27 other family members on Tuesday.

At least 26,000 people have fled Gambia to Senegal fearing unrest, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday, citing Senegalese government figures.

[Source: AFP, Reuters]



  1. fifelomo

    January 19, 2017 at 1:23 AM

    Its only a stubborn fly that will follow the corpse to the grave. The end of a dictatorship is about to be witnessed. Only, he willnt live to tell the stories. 23 good years, yet he’s not satisfied. He’s simply greedy!

  2. Endurance

    January 19, 2017 at 3:01 AM

    The political uncertainty and turmoil in Gambia is a direct product of african leaders mentality who always want to remain in power until their deaths. The reality on the ground shows clearly their is going to be a potential military combat between Jammeh’s forces and the invading ECOWAS army. The possible blood shed can be averted if this man cede power today and leave office for the rightful person. Imagine the level of humanitarian crisis that will ensue in Gambia should Jammeh fail to leave office today Thursday. The pictures of those fleeing in drove attest to the fact that something very dreadful is going to happen. May God help Gambian citizens.

  3. Big Bench of Africa

    January 19, 2017 at 4:16 AM

    Many pipuls are ruling to be happy. That is why this man is not wanting to commot for offis. Army go commot am with bombastic force.


    January 19, 2017 at 6:02 AM


  5. Big Aunty Koks

    January 19, 2017 at 7:14 AM

    Wonder how he can stand seeing his people, ordinary citizens, turn to refugees. If they are as cash strapped as most Africans are then hunger is a big contention in the lives of these people while the crisis persists. Creating this situation is a crime against humanity and the power-drunk man should have that in mind.

  6. mulikat

    January 19, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    this is call greedy,rule for 23ys, dont want to give up power,do or die mentality,and he will die very soon.

  7. fairjudge

    January 19, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    …..And God has just closed the prostitute DEN where old wrinkled men and women derived pleasure from.God is angry!!!

  8. Divine

    January 19, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    wat a mess

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