Future uncertain for Gambian refugees

Gambia-refFrom MOMODOU DIBBA in Banjul, Gambia
BANJUL, (CAJ News) – MORE than 4 000 refugees fleeing political uncertainty in Gambia are at risk of food insecurity in neighbouring Guinea-Bissau.
The majority of them women, adolescents and children, coming mainly from the Brikama region, south of Banjul are living with host families that will not be able to sustain them for a long time.
It is feared the influx of people can also bring an overload on health services that are already insufficient for the normal population.
The refugees have settled in the region of Bissau, Bafatá, Cacheu and Oio.
The main official entry points are Djegue, Farim, Cambadjo, Senabaca and Pirada.
However, there are also people crossing the border between Senegal and Guinea-Bissau in Ingoré, Bigene and Varela. Over 10 000 have fled from Gambia.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Guinea-Bissau, Ayigan Kossi, said if the political situation gets complicated it is possible the influx will increase.
“We need the help of international partners to increase the resilience of families who are receiving refugees.”
Guinea is emerging from a political disorder sparked by dictator Yahya Jammeh refusing to hand over power to then-opposition leader Adama Barrow after the December election.
Jammeh this week went to exile after the intervention of regional armed forces forced him out of power.
– CAJ News

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