Exiled Gambians trekking back home

Gambians trekking back homeFrom MOMODOU DIBBA in Banjul, Gambia
BANJUL, (CAJ News) – AUTHORITIES have come to the rescue of thousands of Gambians eager to return home from Senegal after the easing of tensions in their home country.
More than 27 500 Gambians, including 1 851 children under five years old, 347 pregnant women, and 602 elderly persons, quit the country between December and the beginning of 2017 after long-time dictator, Yahya Jammeh, clung to power after losing an election to Adama Barrow.
The International Federation of the Red Cross, which is facilitating the returns, said the security situation had evolved with the departure into exile of Jammeh late January, triggering mass returns.
While some people headed home in private cars, on motorcycles, or by bus through various borders in Ziguinchor, Foundiougne, Kerr Ayib and Amdallai, many people needed assistance to go back home.
“Hence buses sent by the Senegalese and Gambian authorities to help repatriate displaced people,” said a Red Cross official.
The major donors and partners of the repatriations include the Red Cross Societies and governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the USA.
“The IFRC, on behalf of the Senegalese Red Cross Society would like to extend many thanks to all partners for their generous contributions,” an official said.

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