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On female circumcision and female genital mutilation

Female circumcision and female genital mutilation has been one of the topical issues in The Gambia in the past several weeks with The Standard editor Sainey Darboe stirring the hornet's nest in his interviews with the unapologetic pro-female circumcision Muslim cleric, Alhaji Abdoulie Fatty, the imam of State House Mosque, Banjul. Sanna Camara sampled some public opinion:...

West Africa and the hunger crisis

Dear editor, More than 18 million people across West Africa are in the grip of a growing hunger crisis. Crop shortages, rising food prices and insecurity have left more than one million children facing starvation. We must act now to prevent this....

Why is there conflict between Islam and the West?

Dear editor, Let me categorically state at the beginning that I am neither a Muslim nor a Christian. But I am a human being and the clash between the West and Islam will be vital to the course of world events over the coming decades. Therefore, it is of interest to me.

Letter from AIPS Dakar congress

African sports journalists descended on the Senegalese capital Dakar for the congress of the continent's chapter of the Association International du Press Sports, AIPS, last week and left with new inspiration for self and general development of sports in their respective countries....

Why African women are lagging behind in politics

Dear editor, The elections taking place across Africa all the time present opportunities for a rising tide of women to take political office. An enouraging precedent was set when the proportion of women in Senegal's parliament swelled from 22% to 43%. But without action to tackle the barriers that keep women out of power, the great wave of equality may amount to no more than a trickle. Those barriers are many and varied: economic dependency; limited access to education and information; discriminatory cultural and social attitudes, and negative stereotypes; the burden of domestic responsibility; and intimidation, harassment and violence....

In praise of Jainaba Bah

Dear editor, It's simply beautiful the way you've given space to Jainaba Bah, to narrate the grand story of the greatest revolutionary movement to ever survive in The Gambia. Every day I eagerly grab my copy and seek the beautifully written story of MOJA-G. The conclusion of the piece only leaves me with greater hunger to get to know what happened next, more like reading a heart racing mystery novel, only that in this case it's the true story of some of the bravest and daring citizens The Gambia had ever produced.....

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