The Gambia

News in Brief 20 January 2017 (AM) – Geneva

45,000 people “have fled the Gambia” amid election uncertainty

At least 45,000 people have fled the Gambia amid uncertainty about who is to lead the country after former President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to step down.

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Alarming rise in youngsters reaching Italy alone

Thousands of children have crossed the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Italy so far this year and nine in 10 of them were on their own, the UN has warned.

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Senior UN official condemns recent attempt to seize power in The Gambia

The top United Nations official in West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, today condemned the recent attempt to seize power through unconstitutional means in The Gambia.

The Gambia: UN chief urges respect for rule of law amid reports of coup attempt

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his “principled condemnation” of all attempts to seize power through unconstitutional means following reports of an attempted coup in The Gambia.