The Gambian refugee community has this week expressed appreciation and satisfaction to the government and the people of The Gambia for creating an enabling environment with support in the areas of health and education.
The United Nations Development Programme’s Resident Representative to The Gambia went further to state that The Gambia is a leading country in supporting refugees, noting that refugees have often witnessed an outpouring of generosity by their host communities, individuals and ordinary Gambian people.
This is indeed a very positive news for The Gambia but hardly a surprise. The Gambia is known for its hospitality throughout the world and thus the name ‘The Smiling Coast of Africa.’ The country is one of the most friendly environments one would find anywhere in the world.
The Gambia is known for its warm genuine friendliness and the hospitality of its people because of the peaceful and welcoming nature of Gambians, the country has earned, and rightly so, itself as one of the most sought-after destinations in the world.
So as rightly stated by the Executive Director of GAFNA, the theme of the celebration is apt in the sense that it reminds both refugees and hosts that the stakeholders are together with them in assisting them to live dignified and decent lives wherever they exist.
But as the UNDP Rep stated, war has spiral out of control in 2016 forcing a lot of people to flee, therefore, world leaders can no longer watch passively as so many lives are needlessly lost; we must be smart about finding solutions to help refugees.
The Gambia is and would continue to serve as a save haven for people of different nationalities and class no matter the circumstances but it is better for all if we can find a permanent solution to the conflicts going on around the world and stop playing the double standards.