Louise Hunt, Freelance journalist and regular IRIN contributor specialising in social affairs and international development
“I am very happy to be home,” said 18-year-old Mohammed Nyabally, sitting on the steps of his uncle’s house in Serekunda, a town near The Gambia’s coast.
Just two weeks earlier, he was languishing in a prison near Tripoli; his third spell in detention during the nine months he spent in Libya trying to board a boat to cross the Mediterranean.
In response to an invitation by the Gambian authorities, the European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to The Gambia to observe the Parliamentary elections scheduled for 6 April 2017. This would be the first time the EU would be deploying a fully-fledged EOM in The Gambia, reflecting the EU's commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country in a framework of broader democratic reforms.
by Paul D. Williams
Caritas is urging that proper protection be given to the millions of children who now make up an astonishing half of the world’s total refugees.
“Many children have been made to travel alone as refugees or economic migrants,” says Maria Amparo Alonso Escobar, Head of the Caritas Delegation at the UN in Geneva. “They face a great risk from human traffickers and sexual predators. Their voices often go unheard and their needs are forgotten or ignored."
Libya - On 7 March, IOM helped 171 stranded Nigerian migrants – 76 men and 95 women – to return home from Libya by air. Two days later, on 9 March, IOM assisted another 141 stranded Gambians – all men – to return home to Banjul. It was IOM Libya’s first charter flight to the Gambia.
The two charter flights were coordinated with Libyan, Nigerian and Gambian authorities and departed from Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport. IOM provided pre-departure interviews, medical check-ups and material assistance, including clothes and shoes.
Statement by Mr. Abdoulaye Mar DIEYE
United Nations Development Programme Regional Director for Africa
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me first thank the PBC Chair for convening this discussion on the heel of the Security Council discussion on 20 June 2017 on “Peace consolidation in West Africa“.
It is my belief that the Sahel is a region, par excellence, where we can and must implement congruently the emerging doctrine of sustaining peace and the universal agenda on sustainable development.
6 March 2017 – The United Nations political affairs chief today stressed that West Africa could be a model of how the UN can work with local partners in bringing stability to regions or sub-regions.
“The situation in West Africa says a lot of the region’s growing capacity to deal with regional problems,” said Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman at a regular briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York, following a one-week visit to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Guinea, The Gambia and Senegal.
3 mars 2017 – Le Secrétaire général adjoint des Nations Unies aux affaires politiques, Jeffrey Feltman, a achevé jeudi une tournée d'une semaine dans six pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest, centrée sur les transitions démocratiques au Burkina Faso et en Gambie, ainsi que sur l'impasse politique actuelle en Guinée-Bissau.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cause of displacement
Between 90 and 230 IDPs killed
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 :
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:
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.
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.
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.