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U.S. Warns Citizens against Visiting Gambia



U.S. President Barack Obama

The United States on Saturday warned its citizens against visiting the tourist destination of Gambia.

It told those there to conside leaving the country, citing the risk of unrest as President Yahya Jammeh digs in despite losing an election.

“The US Department of State warns US citizens against travel to The Gambia because of the potential for civil unrest and violence in the near future,” the statement said.

It said the supreme court hearing on January 10 of Jammeh’s challenge to the result that elected his rival Adama Barrow was a potential flashpoint for violence.

“US citizens should consider departing on commercial flights and other transportation,” the statement said.

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  1. M4

    January 8, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    It’s about time.!

  2. Nyc

    January 8, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    When the U.S. advised you to leave the country know that they are about to make that a war torn country..this means war!

  3. mam

    January 8, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    I am a Gambian and am in Gambia right now may God save us.

    • le coco

      January 9, 2017 at 8:06 am

      pls stay safe @Mam… God keep all of u…

  4. John

    January 9, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I’m not Gambian but it sure pains me that this man, Jammeh, does not appear to care that his obduracy is going to traumatize the poor souls in that country. After 22 years in power, he was unable to lift The Gambia to any appreciable economic heights. And yet he still wants to hang on to power, even after he was rejected at the polls. I will normally advocate e peaceful resolution to a conflict but this man is a moronic thug and simply does not understand the language of peace and harmony. Please ECWAS, if he has to die for The Gambia to have peace, so be it.

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