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17 Feb 2017 description
report European Commission

Statement by the Spokesperson on The Gambia's decision to retract its withdrawal notification from the Rome Statute

The European Union welcomes the decision of the Republic of The Gambia to officially retract its withdrawal notification from the Rome Statute. The International Criminal Court (ICC) embodies universal norms and values. The victims of international crimes deserve justice, wherever they live.

17 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

South Africa, Burundi Now Outliers on Exit

17 Feb 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM reports that 12,381 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 15 February – just under 9,500 to Italy, just under 2,000 to Greece, and 1,000 to Spain. This compares with 84,645 arrivals during the first seven weeks of 2016 – 90 percent of whom arrived in Greece.

13 Feb 2017 description

BANJUL – Up to 10,000 people across the Gambia are set to receive cash assistance from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), enabling them to buy food and meet their immediate needs.

Families affected by the 2016 windstorm and flooding in areas in Banjul, Kanifing, West Coast Region, Lower River Region, Central River Region, North Bank Region and Upper River Region are receiving 3, 680 Dalasi per month over the next three months (totalling US$150) to stabilize their food security and nutritional status.

09 Feb 2017 description
report European Commission

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 9 February 2017

Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, is in The Gambia today meeting the newly elected President Adama Barrow and his new Government.

08 Feb 2017 description
report IRIN

The Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow, received a hero’s welcome when he returned to Banjul after his makeshift inauguration in neighbouring Senegal at the end of January.

Tens of thousands of well-wishers came out to rejoice at the democratic victory that ended more than two decades of rule by autocrat Yahya Jammeh.

06 Feb 2017 description
report UN News Service

6 février 2017 – A l'occasion de la Journée internationale de tolérance zéro à l'égard des mutilations génitales féminines, le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, António Guterres, a appelé lundi à redoubler d'efforts pour lutter contre cette violation inqualifiable des droits fondamentaux, dans l'intérêt de toutes les femmes et les filles concernées, de leurs communautés, et de notre avenir à tous.

03 Feb 2017 description



Affected areas

Cause of displacement

Between 90 and 230 IDPs killed


03 Feb 2017 description
report African Union

Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité (CPS) de l'Union africaine (UA), en sa 653ème réunion tenue le 20 janvier 2017, à Addis Abéba, a adopté la décision qui suit sur les élections en Afrique :

Le Conseil,

03 Feb 2017 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 653rd meeting, held on 20 January 2017, in Addis Ababa, adopted the following decision on Elections in Africa:


  1. Takes note of the briefing provided by the Commission, on “Elections in Africa: September – December 2016” covering the following countries: Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, Somalia, Seychelles and Zambia. Council also takes note of the statement made by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Gabon.

01 Feb 2017 description

Amid shifting global dynamics, the war in Yemen saw another serious escalation with the Saudi Arabia-led coalition launching a new campaign to regain territory, while fighting intensified in eastern Ukraine at the end of the month. The U.S. and China exchanged harsh rhetoric over the South China Sea, and the new U.S. administration’s decision to build a wall on its border with Mexico sparked tensions with its southern neighbour. Domestically Mexico also saw a swell of popular anger triggered by fuel price increases.

27 Jan 2017 description

Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-general for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS)

Dakar, Thursday 26 January 2017

"The resolution of the crisis in The Gambia is a success of the regional preventive diplomacy"

Good morning to everyone,

To start, let me take this opportunity to wish you all a happy new year 2017.

25 Jan 2017 description

January 25, 2017
by John L. Hirsch and Michael R. Snyder

25 Jan 2017 description

By Moustapha Diallo, IFRC

Hasinatu Camara’s baby boy is crying incessantly. He is certainly hungry. Camara frantically rummages through her skilfully tied up pieces of luggage, to reach for her baby’s food.

Camara is one of the 95 refugees staying in a hall, at the premises of the Olympic swimming pool, in Dakar, Senegal.

Together with her husband, Hakim, and her son, she fled The Gambia due uncertainty and a potential military intervention, following the recent post-electoral political crisis—in the West African country.

24 Jan 2017 description
report IRIN

Louise Hunt - Freelance journalist and regular IRIN contributor specialising in social affairs and international development

Only disgraced ex-president Yahya Jammeh’s most hardcore supporters turned up to watch as he boarded a private jet at the weekend for exile in Equatorial Guinea. Some soldiers and members of his political party cried and shouted: “Daddy, Daddy”. Others aggressively jeered at supporters of The Gambia’s new coalition government.

24 Jan 2017 description

Several thousand people have returned to the Gambia since ex-president Yahya Jammeh ceded power. Over 50,000 remain in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau.

By: Hélène Caux | 24 January 2017

24 Jan 2017 description
report UN News Service

23 janvier 2017 – Le Coordinateur régional humanitaire pour la région du Sahel, Toby Lanzer, a indiqué lundi que 11 millions de personnes vivant dans les pays du Bassin du lac Tchad (nord du Cameroun, ouest du Tchad, sud-est du Niger, nord-est du Nigéria) ont besoin d'une assistance humanitaire immédiate, dont 7,1 millions se trouvant dans une situation d'insécurité alimentaire aigue.

24 Jan 2017 description

According to a joint mission that went to the north of the country on 18 January, 4,327 Gambian nationals have entered Guinea-Bissau. Since the 15th, the number of tickets registered is around one thousand a day.

23 Jan 2017 description
report UN News Service

23 January 2017 – Spotlighting the desperate plight of millions in Africa’s Lake Chad basin, the top United Nations humanitarian official for the Sahel region called today for international solidarity with the people in urgent need.

“I wish I had good news, but I don’t,” Toby Lanzer, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, told a news conference at the UN Headquarters, in New York that was largely focused on the crisis affecting Lake Chad basin countries, which include Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

23 Jan 2017 description
  • The political crisis in the Gambia has been resolved peacefully, with former president Yahya Jammeh leaving the country on Saturday.

  • Gambians who left during the crisis are reportedly returning from Senegal through different borders. Water is provided by the Red Cross at transit points. Other aid organizations are also mobilizing limited support.