Gambia Red Cross launches 2018 ‘Bantaba’

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Gambia Red Cross Society Tuesday launched the 10th edition of their biennial international youth “Bantaba” targeting over 500 young people from different walks of life across the country and beyond.

Bansang Senior Secondary School in the Central River Region (CRR) will host the ten days forum from 24th July to 6th August 2018. The forum is meant to discuss issues affecting young people and the society in line with the fundamental principles of the Red Cross movement.

“Changing mind, changing lives” is the theme of the forum with specific focus on youth engagement strategy, youth as behavioral change agents with a focus on irregular migration trends in The Gambia and beyond.

There will also be cultural display and dialogue based on societal acceptance and peace building, sports, debates and symposium, gender, child protection, and the importance of humanitarian support.

Acting Secretary General Buba Darboe reviewed Red Cross commitment to humanity and their purpose to protect lives and ensure respect for human beings under the principles of impartiality.

He said at Red Cross, they do not discriminate on nationality, race, religion, belief, class or political opinion of people, noting that the Gambia Red Cross Society has been actively partnering with institutions in giving assistance to returnees from Libya.

Dawda Samba, head of technical working group said the forum is now a policy and strategic requirement for The Gambia Red Cross Society to implement for young people.  He pointed out that the sub-region is very vulnerable to either epidemics or pandemics due to crises such as political unrests, war, poverty and floods, adding that as such, Red Cross is always present when these unfortunate crises occur. 

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb
Source: Picture: GRCS acting Secretary General Buba Darboe