Calls for Prayer and Fasting as Thousands Flee Gambia Amid Country’s Political Crisis


Thousands of people fearing violence are fleeing the tiny African nation of Gambia as the country’s political crisis deepens.

“I feel as a Gambian, I should just stay but whatever happens will happen,” one concerned citizen told reporters. “But I’m not that happy with the way the situation, the political impasse has been in the country.”

That impasse erupted last month when Gambia’s longtime president, Yahya Jammeh, was defeated in a hotly contested presidential race.

The new president-elect, Adama Barrow, is supposed to be inaugurated on Thursday, but Jammeh, who first seized power in a coup in 1994, has refused to step down and declared a state of emergency.

Gambians aren’t too happy with the decision and are pleading for Jammeh to step aside to avoid a violent confrontation.

“So for President Jammeh, obviously, we are pleading to him as Gambians, if he really loves the nation like he said, he should just simply go and leave Gambians in peace,” said one resident.

Panic has set in across the country, prompting thousands of people to flee to neighboring Senegal.

“We are so tired, we are suffering,” said one resident in Gambia’s capital city. “We want peace, we don’t want any problems, only peace. We love Gambia, Gambia is so nice. We don’t have a choice but to go to Senegal.”

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