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US Issues Security Alert For Its Citizens Travelling To Gambia

dept of state logo(JollofNews) – The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens to current events in The Gambia which appear to have raised political tensions, and there have been outside calls for demonstrations.  

Although there are no confirmed occurrences of demonstrations, U.S. citizens residing or travelling in The Gambia should monitor local news and assess and approach local conditions with caution, as always.

The U.S. Department of State recommends U.S. citizens avoid demonstrations, political rallies, and spontaneous gatherings.  We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational without advance warning.  You should stay current with media coverage of local events and remain aware of your surroundings.

You can stay in touch and receive Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Banjul website.  Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries. dept of state logo 

These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

If you are going to live in or travel to The Gambia, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  

You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date.  It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.

The U.S. Embassy in Banjul is located at 92 Kairaba Avenue, Fajara.  If you have questions or concerns about safety or related issues, you are encouraged to contact the consular section at the Embassy by sending an email message to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

The Embassy telephone number is +220 439-2856.  For after-hours emergencies, please call Tel: +220 796-2710 and ask to speak to the duty officer.


-7 #67 2012-09-11 02:22
Assan and Malick,The data where you got your numbers concerning the crime rate in the Gambia has not been updated lately. The Gambia has increasingly witnessed a rapid growth in homicide cases. These old reports do not match the current situation in the Gambia. Mark my words,you will never hear a single Chicken killed in the next two five years. Imagine some one killing his wife for a bag of rice during the Ramadan. Many murders took place within families and were just concealed within themselves. He had given them enough warning to desist from this act of killing innocent people but some of them refused to listen. As long as those who kill for pleasure are killed,I don't have a problem with that. Innocent Gambians deserve the right to walk freely in the middle of the night without fear of being stabbed in the back or shot in the face. If he is doing it to save the Gambian people,may God help him, but if he is doing it just for the sake of killing people,may God ruin him.....Ameen!
+3 #66 2012-09-10 17:39
Quote De.Assan..

"We also do know that the President has EXECUTIVE POWER to not act on the law..."

Very well said...Often,those who claim that the president was implementing the law forget that he (president) has several obligations under the law:-

(1) Sign a Death Warrant; (2) Commute a Death Penalty to LIFE; (3) Exercise MERCY...

All are within the Law...So he does not have to execute to enforce or uphold the law..
+2 #65 2012-09-10 17:19
Quoting ASSAN:
Perhaps is intentionally designed for political repression, or is it for political intimidation???

The execution of Malang Sonko, Ex-Lieutenant Lamin Jarjou, Ex-Sergeant Alieu Bah, Ex-Sergeant Lamin F Jammeh,.... Tabara Samba, Buba Yarboe, Lamin BS Darboe and Gebe Bah (rip) Yahya Jammeh was an instrument to seed fear and repression, knowing his regime lurking to collapse. His only reason was to (intimidate) or eliminate political opponents.”.He wanted to use it to blurs the grey line between our low domestic crime and growing political activism, giving him a clear broad discretion to arrest and execute dissidents. .thus the empathy to Gambians unlike ds animals looking away. If you look at the inmates in death row... you will notice that many of them are related to the security and stability of the reign — which encompasses mostly political activities. He is no doubt a psychopathic murderer which just surfaced. He should die like a dog.
+7 #64 2012-09-10 16:32
Quoting Malick:
Gambia has one of the lowest crime rates on earth including murders in her civil society.

Love your passion brother... With 0.70% crime rate and ranking 6th in the lowest crime rate in the world, one most wander, what is the real motive of the harsh law and the implication process.. Perhaps is intentionally designed for political repression, or is it for political intimidation???

An argument can be made that the law is a constitutional obligation to the president, and that he acted accordingly as directed by the constitution.. With that in mind, we also do know that the president has EXECUTIVE POWER to not act on the law, if not necessary..

This law need to be repealed.. It won't insight anything but hate in our admirable society..

If one victim is wrongly convicted and executed (Buba Yarboe case), that alone has essentially proved that, death penalty law is grotesque and immoral and should be repealed...
+3 #63 2012-09-10 15:37
The only murders and crimes for any human being to worry and cry about is the sheer of crimes and murders committed by Yahya Jammeh and his henchmen on Gambians since 1994. God knows , Even your said relative (rip) knows what transparent in Gambia resulting in the secret execution of Brave heroes like Malang Sonko, Ex-Lieutenant Lamin Jarjou, Ex-Sergeant Alieu Bah, Ex-Sergeant Lamin F Jammeh,.... Tabara Samba, Buba Yarboe, Lamin BS Darboe and Gebe Bah (rip).....has nothing to do with justice or high murder rate in Gambia civil society. At least your family knew who murdered their loved one and why to bury.....what about the families of Koro Cessay, Deba Merena and co, the gahanaians, the students, Dot faal and co, misterous deaths at M2, and many many more? Where are the bodies? You are really convinced that the murders of Mile2-9 are as result of high murder rate in Gambia? Anyway, may all rip.. U are evil or ignoramus. It will come to light soon.
+2 #62 2012-09-10 15:31
For your knowledge ‘loinking’...the uncle came from "NEJAI doo toti" (uncle is never small) and his mum is an elder ‘sister’ thus his granddad and my dad history, first elders in Bakau to make a legacy. My eldest sister is the same age as his mum who also has children far older than me and call me uncle. Capis?
I have no issue with U, but disgusted by yo kind who will always condone Africa to agents of chaos, wars, and poverty despite migrating from there to enjoy the opposite. Being a victim as well, U hide behind Lionnking for yo reasons..... Talking about freedom of speech in an exiled online paper..... Talking about murders and constitution knowing the sheer number of souls killed and disappeared in Yahya Jammeh’s custody since 1994 without even appearing in court... the many exiled Gambians.. The lack of freedom of speech u enjoyed here.. Are U evil or ignoramus. Gambia has one of the lowest crime rates on earth including murders in her civil society.
+2 #61 2012-09-10 12:29
Quoting b4africa:
Malick this guy still need our prayers.....

B4africa...He is just fence sitting since APRC is Alliance of Prostitutes, Ragtag and Criminals....people who realised that has absconded or SADLY have to stay because of intimidation, livelihood and fear of reprisals. Call it poverty or enforced ignorant.....but it just an association to get scramble crumbs from wastage of Gambians scarce resources.. So Rkk is an opportunist, democracy and civil rights are not his world..but he knows thus “ THANK GOD” for your prayers and my poking stick to remind him where he came”.. he realised reluctantly that the system is rotten and will eventually collapse to be coherent. He knows better. I hint his import/export dream mess up his head to be blind and insensitive. He will been in full fart in a transparent, democratised and social justice Gambia.
-3 #60 2012-09-10 12:06
But when I said "the other side of the coin",I was not referring to the side of Government but those of the murdered victims some years ago.
-3 #59 2012-09-10 11:50
B4 Africa,I will on one hand agree with you that I shouldn't have said that the bodies belong to the state because I am not sure of what the constitution says about that but will disagree on the other hand that I was acting out of anger and revenge. After all these screaming on the online media,there was a report from a human rights group based in Senegal, posted on Senewed that said that "the Gambian Constitution states that the place and time of execution should not be made public". However,I will say that I am sorry for those offended but I will make it a home work and find out what our constitution says about executed bodies. I am a cleaned hear-ted person and do not have any room for a revenge in my heart. I believe the temperature was too high and everyone was throwing punches in the air. For Uncle Malick,I am sorry for those hash words that I rained on you. I think it was totally uncalled for. I am just calling you Uncle because you are my friends uncle(radio kang kang).
+4 #58 2012-09-10 11:25
Quoting LION KING:
Let us not just look at one side of the coin.
sometimes there is enough evidences at one side of the coins that you don`t need to consider the other side. I mean there are enough evidence that dictator jammeh`s constitution is not serving the nation but himself. I don`t believe that dictator jammeh murdered the murderer of your family member to provide justice for you and your family otherwise you will be informed before the so-called execution.
Am sorry for your lost but what do you think will happen in the country if the families of those unlawfully executed also behave and belief like you do,revenge, revenge, blood,blood,blo od ??

Every human-being is entitle to his/her opinion and every human being is also entitle to disagree with opinions that are heartless,ignor ant and selfish so that we can improve our humanity.Is wiser to be at the side of those trying to improve our humanity than be at the side of evil doers like dictator jammeh.

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