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19 Jan 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

“This is the day we’ve been waiting for,” Sanna told me as he and hundreds of Gambians gathered outside their country’s embassy in Dakar, Senegal to celebrate the inauguration today of President Adama Barrow. Barrow took the oath of office at the embassy, wary of returning to Gambia where his safety would be at risk.

18 Jan 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Soldiers Arbitrarily Detained as Political Crisis Deepens

(Dakar) – President Yahya Jammeh’s declared state of emergency in Gambia provides no justification for a crackdown on peaceful dissent around the January 19, 2017, deadline for the new government to take office, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today.

17 Jan 2017 description

Hundreds have crossed the Gambian border into Senegal since the election

BANJUL, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after refusing to hand power to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election last month.

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13 Jan 2017 description
report UN Security Council



Amid a “rising tide of democracy” across the African continent, the United Nations must continue to support regional efforts to ensure that the Gambia’s recent election results were upheld, stressed the Organization’s senior official in West Africa and the Sahel as he briefed the Security Council this morning.

13 Jan 2017 description

Monsieur le Président, Distingués membres du Conseil,

  1. C’est un honneur pour moi de me retrouver devant cette auguste assemblée, pour une mise à jour de la situation en Afrique de l'Ouest et au Sahel. En complément au rapport du Secrétaire général sur les activités du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest et le Sahel au cours de la période du 1er juillet au 31 décembre 2016, je voudrais vous informer des récents développements et tendances et de leur impact dans la région.

13 Jan 2017 description
report African Union


The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 647th meeting held on 13 January 2017, adopted the following decision on the post-election situation in The Islamic Republic of The Gambia:


13 Jan 2017 description

Several thousand Gambians have crossed to Senegal in the last 10 days to escape growing tension over the results of last month’s presidential election.

DAKAR, Senegal - Several thousand people, mainly children, have crossed into Senegal from the Gambia in the last 10 days to escape growing tension over the results of last month’s presidential election.

While some people have decided to stay in the Gambia, many have begun sending their children to Senegal as a precautionary measure amid the political impasse, fearing potential unrest.

13 Jan 2017 description

BANJUL – The Republic of Korea has contributed more than $US300, 000 to the UN World Food Programme (WFP)’s School Meals Programme in The Gambia. This will make it possible for WFP to expand its community based cash transfer to schools and reach up to 20,000 students with daily hot meals for eight months.

The programme targets communities where markets are functional, yet access is limited by resources and food insecurity, and malnutrition and poverty rates are high.

13 Jan 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM reports that 1,159 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017, through 12 January, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, compared with 22,590 through the first 12 days of January, 2016.

A year ago, IOM reported 22,322 migrants and refugees had landed on Greece’s islands after short runs from Turkey – a number consistent with the surge of Turkey-to-Europe passages that began the previous summer. This year through 12 January, IOM Athens reports that only 430 migrants from Turkey have landed in Greece.

11 Jan 2017 description
report Médicos del Mundo

La situación en Libia y el acuerdo entre la Unión Europea y Turquía la han convertido en el país europeo que más llegadas de migrantes recibe

***Los 25.000 menores no acompañados llegados en 2016, una de las grandes preocupaciones para las organizaciones que trabajan en la zona, como Médicos del Mundo**

06 Jan 2017 description
report European Union

The total number of migrants reaching Europe by two main sea routes in 2016 fell by nearly two-thirds to 364 000 in comparison with 2015. Last year saw a significant drop in arrivals on the Greek islands, while Italy experienced a record number of migrants.

05 Jan 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Rights at Risk as Calls for Jammeh’s Exit Intensify

(Dakar) – The government of President Yahya Jammeh, defeated in Gambia’s December presidential election, has arbitrarily arrested opposition sympathizers and closed three independent radio stations in the past week, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. Jammeh is required under Gambia’s Constitution to cede power to President-elect Adama Barrow by January 19, 2017.

04 Jan 2017 description
report IRIN

Par Obi Anyadike
Rédacteur pour l'Afrique

NAIROBI, 27 décembre 2016

Dans une bonne partie du monde, la saison des fêtes est l’occasion de se faire plaisir. Mais il en va bien autrement pour ceux qui sont occupés à fuir la violence et les bouleversements ou qui se trouvent coincés dans un camp de réfugiés avec pour tout repas de Noël les maigres rations alimentaires qui leur sont distribuées.

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04 Jan 2017 description

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arbitrary closure of three radio stations by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) just two weeks before President-elect Adama Barrow is due to take office if outgoing President Yahyah Jammeh finally decides to surrender power peacefully.

NIA officers visited the three stations – Hilltop Radio, Afri Radio and Teranga FM – on 1 January and verbally ordered them to stop broadcasting. They said the order came from their NIA superiors but they gave no reason for the decision and showed no official document.

03 Jan 2017 description

December saw fighting worsen between rival forces in Libya, including over oil facilities, which could escalate in January and upset the precarious political and economic balance. Turkey’s security deteriorated further following a series of violent attacks on civilians and security forces, including a twin bombing in the capital, Istanbul, claimed by an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Ankara responded by intensifying its crackdown on alleged PKK supporters.

31 Dec 2016 description

Monrovia, 21 December 2016

  1. At the invitation of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Heads of the United Nations Missions in West Africa held their 30th High-level Meeting on 21 December 2016 in Monrovia, Liberia.

29 Dec 2016 description
report UN News Service

29 December 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called Adam Barrow, the President-elect of Gambia, to congratulate him on his electoral victory and to reiterate the commitment of the United Nations to support a peaceful, timely, and orderly transfer of power.

28 Dec 2016 description
report IRIN

By Obi Anyadike

Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor

NAIROBI, 27 December 2016

Across much of the world, the festive season is a time of indulgence. But what if you’re too busy fleeing violence and upheaval, or stuck in a refugee camp on reduced rations?

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