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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:44(Jollofnews) – An exiled Gambian newspaper editor, who was tortured by soldiers and declared wanted by the government of President Yahya Jammeh has published a memoir about his experience.
Omar Bah, founder of the online American Street News and former news editor of the Gambia’s Daily Observer, was declared wanted in the Gambia for speaking out against impunity and rights violations in the West African nation.
In the memoir ‘Africa’s Hell on Earth: The Ordeal of An African Journalist’, Mr Bah who now lives in Rhode Island, US, with his wife and children, chronicles his escape journey from the Gambian regime in 2006 with compelling anecdotes about the repressive environment in his native country, descriptions of African village life and traditional narratives that make the book a powerful read.
Mr Bah also talked about his emotional and sad journey from Senegal to Ghana before eventually receiving assistance from the US government and non-governmental organisations to resettle as a refugee in Rhode Island in May 2007.
He holds a Bachelors degree in communication studies with a minor in political science from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters degree in public administration from Roger Williams University. He also holds a certificate from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma.
Mr Bah currently serves as a UNHCR Refugee Congress representative of the state of Rhode Island in which he is also a member of its governing board, Refugee Congress Advisory Board (RCAB).
He also worked in housing and finance corporations to spearhead local advocacies on refugee and immigration issues both at state and national level. He regularly joins the Refugee Congress delegates in Washington, DC to lobby the US Congress on important policy issues.
Together with fellow Rhode Island-based refugees, Mr Bah founded the Centre for Refugee Advocacy and Support (CenRAS), a Rhode Island based organisation through which former refugees support newly arriving refugees.
Written by PK Jarju
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