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Stop fanning the flames of tribalism in our beautiful Smiling Coast - Salifu Jarsey

Updated: Jul 28

GunjurOnline | Tuesday 30 June 2020 |


Gambian social media is awashed with tribal conversation following assault on the Mandinkas by one Safiatou Jammeh of Banjul in an audio to Presidential aspirant Marie Sock.


“ If you want to know how tribalism destroys a country look no further than Rwandan Genocide. In just 100 days,  800,000 were slaughtered just for their ethnicity.” That’s according to Milton Margai, Bristol and Wales Universities’ graduate, Salifu Jarsey.

Salifu Jarsey, a Gambian based in Middle East with a professional career spanning over three decades working on Education and child protection issues in government and international organisations warned:

“Gambians please let's stop fanning the flames of tribalism in our beautiful Smiling Coast. If you want to know how tribalism destroys a country look no further than Rwandan Genocide. In just 100 days,  800,000 were slaughtered just for their ethnicity. That was 8000 men, women and children every day for 100 days.”

Addressing every sector of the Gambian communities, Mr Jarsey pleaded: “Every political, every religious leader,  every traditional leader, every opinion leader, every youth leader, every women's leader and every media outlet should come out and unequivocally condemn tribalism, dissociate themselves and their parties from any person who insults any tribe or incites tribalism or encourages or condones tribalism of any kind directed at any tribe.” The child protection specialist was unequivocal about why Gambians had problem with former President Yaya Jammeh. His words: “Our problem with Yaya Jammeh was not because he was a Jola. Our problem with Yaya Jammeh was because he was brutal and murderous dictator. For me it is a sign of insanity that someone should insult a whole tribe just because you have issues with one person who happened to belong to that tribe.”



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