The 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has successfully come to an end with The Islamic Republic of the Gambia once again making a formidable representation in the debates and deliberations attended by a high powered delegation headed by the Vice President and Minister of women’s affairs, Her Excellency Dr. Isatou Njie Saidy.

The event, as customary, brought together leaders committed to making the world a better place for all of us to harmoniously live together and indeed coexist in peace, prosperity and freedom.

A lot of high energy was exhibited by delegatesmanifesting real optimism with the conviction that mankind through the diligent support of the United Nations is slowly but surely edging towards a war-free world with social and economic improvements in many peaceful regions, although the challenges to achieve more remain as important as ever before.

Bringing, for instance, the 52-year old Marxist insurgency in Columbia to an end in a peace agreement between the belligerent forcesthat now turns South Americainto a war- free continent, accentuated an achievement the UN is proud of initiating and expediting over the past decades.

In Asia, as well, we appreciate former war-ravaged countries throughout the 60s and 70s such as Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia impressively developing with the transformational help of modern technology and globalization.

The Paris Agreement on climate change negotiated and adopted by representatives of 195 countries in Paris in December 2015, to deal with greenhouse gasses emissions was another worthy course in the right direction of mitigating the negative effects of climate change.

On the flip side however, the consensus highlighted in speeches of various world leaders amounted to identifying critical challenges with variables such as the perpetual disparity between the haves and have-nots that must be addressed through effective resolutions before any progress could be attained. Given the tangibles of the global economic stratification deeply rooted on a socioeconomic establishment that since the beginning of modern capitalism has been extolling the monopolization of wealth by a few against the necessity to fairly distribute even surpluses to help the massively disadvantaged and the helplessly exploited, leaves most skeptics wary of the sincerity or efficacy of leaders of hoarding nationsprescribing attainable solutions in nicely-delivered speeches.

Cardinal in his speech to the UNGA on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the US President, Barack Obama on the same subject lamented passionately over the un-sustainability of the global status quo in which one percent of the world population monopolize more wealth than the ninety-nine percent’s combined fortunes. He clearly illustrated the difficulty of sustaining such status quo in this modern digital world that is constantly providing everybody the barrier-breaking technology through the internet and extranet that is rapidly expanding the awareness of the masseswho otherwise would have probably caredless but as a result are increasingly viewing the disproportionality as unfair and must be changed by every means possible. That the economic disparity in every way we look at it, contributes immensely to what is destabilizing the world order which if not rectified immediately will increase rather than diminish itsbroader influence.

Other heads of state and government in attendance more or less spoke along similar sentiments criticizing the denial tendency of those responsible for theblatant evasion of their responsibilities.

Invariably, the overwhelming problem of human migration these days, exclusively tabled for the first time at the UNGA on September 19, 2016 for its acutenessandessentially attributed to reckless wars and man’s rightful desire to migrate for peace and prosperity, may continue to linger as long as greedy-weapon-manufacturing-industrialized countries profit from ferocious conflicts.

His Excellency President Jammeh of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia deserve special commendation for being among the first world leaders in 2014 to bring the attention of the UN to the migration crisis in Africa and how the Europeans instead of helping embarked on systematically hurting efforts to rescue drowning Africans in the Mediterranean Sea. Couple with more graphic deaths plus evidences of foul play in the high seas, the UN was finally convinced of the need to tackle the problem head on. So kudos to Babillimansa for once again standing up for Africa’s welfare.

Notwithstanding, for allthe over profiteering expected to provide developed nations with easier and more fulfilling livelihoods, the resultsinstead seem to threaten their peace with the cumulative effect of forcing them into committing unprecedented resources on the maintenance of their internal securities.

No doubt, this ongoing migration crisis wouldn’t be told in its entirety and accuracy to future generations without apportioning the greater part of the blame to the ugly xenophobic and discriminatory tendencies of those lacking the philosophicalwisdom and honorablefortitude to fully appreciate the genesis of the problem.

In fact, I am saying that the conscious or subconscious influence of ideological or cultural racism and discrimination entrenched in the minds of mainly uneducated or undereducated Caucasians living in countries of immigrant destinations, have made it irresolvable for most of them to comprehend and sympathize with the plight of the victims of migration.

Don’t perceive me wrongly by thinking that it’s about all white people; certainly, not all Caucasians are racially bias; in fact, a great number of them I have befriended, shared the same schools with or worked together with are genuinely conscientious, humane and bear no animosity against any human being different in color, creed or religious affiliation; but when you look at the recent emergence of right wing Caucasian groups all over the world, blaming their inadequacieson people of different skin colors or on migrants of different heritage, you are left with no choice but to denounce the toxic tribalism behind it.

With the conceded evidence that the origin of the global mass migration has everything to do with the destructive and exploitative foreign policies of several first-world governments, policies that President Jammeh oftenargues of being in place since the dawn of Western exploration,witnessing the present xenophobia to wall off their frontiers and bolt down their gates against immigrants or people of different races and religionsas the only means of restoring orderliness in their countries bears the resemblance ofracial segregation on steroid.

Apparently the anarchy in the middle east, started on the false pretext of fulfilling a moral duty to save the people in Iraq, Libya, Syria and the world from the oppression and threat of tyrannical leaders condemned unfit to govern their countries,ultimately resulted in revving up the state of violence in those countries greater than imagined,creating moreviolence and threat to the world as a whole. And in its wake the innocent victims fleeing the human abattoirs of maniacs slaughtering them for just being there, are upon arrival at their destinations of hope, treated with contempt or viewed as nuisances inclined on destroying their lives and livelihoods.

In my next piece, I will discuss the remedies recommended by His Excellency Sheikh Professor Doctor Alhagie Yahya A. J.J. Jammeh, Babilimansa, to the United Nations on how and why the need to repair the damages inflicted on Africa by slavery, the slave trade and colonialism. It’s a resolution he is seriously pursuing for its discussion at the United Nations and I am hopeful for its eventual adoption.

Long live the Islamic Republic of the Gambia!

Long live the Gambian people!

Long live His Excellency Shiekh Professor Doctor Alhagie Yahya A. J. J. Jammeh, Babillimansa, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed and Security Forces.

Samsudeen Sarr

New York City.