Two inescapable moments: childhood and death. Both we do not often cater in our urban planning. Communities in the Greater Banjul Area lack play grounds/ recreational facilities (for childhood) and cemeteries [for the dead].
Why do we refuse to create spaces for these moments? Because children do not community owned recreational spaces, those who enjoy football play on the roads and every available space. Because some communities do not have their own cemeteries, they go to use up the spaces of others.
Why do we sell out all our land, for commercial and other uses? Why do we forget to reserve spaces for cemetery and recreational facilities? We may miss our childhood but we can never escape the claws of death when it comes, when it snatches. Since as Muslims our bodies cannot be cremated, we need to reserve spaces for our burial.
There are no Muslim cemeteries in Fajara, Pipeline, Bakau New Town. They take their dead to the main cemetery at Cape Point. What if the people of Cape Point refuse the people of Fajara, Pipeline and Bakau New Town access to its cemetery? Hell will break lose.
Some communities in Serre Kunda do not have their own cemeteries. People carry their dead a long distance to give them a fitting burial. You have to have a vehicle to accompany the deceased. In some big towns in Kombo, the scenario is no less different.
But we are Muslims…. the longer the distance one covers to bury a dead, the greater the blessings…. Let’s walk…..
And community X will never bar community Y from using its cemetery. Peace will prevail. Achaa rek