Dec. 30th FourBy Aisha Dabo

People have different approaches to change in The Gambia. Some talk, some write, some tweet, some sing, some resist by uplifting those in desperate situations, others resist in silence but all seek respect for human rights, the rule of law, end to impunity, anti-corruption etc. Some, including the Four, decided they had enough of the talking, and that it was time to do the walking. They took up arms and unfortunately were killed in the process.

Death is always painful and even more so when you cannot see or bury your loved ones. Mourning is a process and burial plays a major part in adjusting to a loss. It is heartbreaking and inconceivable that for one year now, families have neither received the remains of their loved ones nor known anything about their whereabouts…..

Will the three’s remains continue to be held captive ad vitam aeternam? Or is their crime so unforgivable that they should not be buried or properly buried at all… let alone on Gambian soil?

Some call them Heroes/Freedom Fighters for making the ultimate sacrifice to change the system. Some call them Dreamers for thinking that “they” could uproot someone God put at the helm. Dreamers for thinking that “they” could uproot someone with mystical powers that he can cure HIV/AIDS. Some curse them for wishing to bring doom on the “peaceful and lovely” Smiling Coast. Others call them Terrorists for daring to want to topple a “democratically-elected” system.

I call them GAMBIANS

Whatever their crime or sacrifice, Gambia should not have had to found herself in a situation, 50 years after independence, where some of her children are convinced that the only prospect for Change is by taking up arms.

This is something all Gambians should reflect on….

Lest we forget:

“It is the combination of Government and people working together in unison and harmony,
That still lead us to achieve the progress that we all desire. We must stand together as one people with one goal and move forward as one nation. For if we insist on pursuing our personal goals without keeping our collective objectives and responsibilities in mind, then indeed we shall fail.
Let us renew these promises we made to ourselves and to our country at the time of independence as enshrined in our National Anthem.”

Lamin Sanneh, Njaga Jagne, Alhaji Nyass I bow down before your sacrifice and once again my deepest sympathy to friends and families for the loss ‎Rest In Power. To Modou Njie, who was captured and sentenced to death, I can only say Much Respect.