twenty-one Gambian contingent (GAMCOY 21) comprising 208 members of The Gambia
Armed Forces (GAF) left the country’s shores at 2:00 am on Sunday for the
Sudanese restive region of Darfur on a peacekeeping mission. The latest
contingent includes eighteen female soldiers.
The contingent, led by Lieutenant Colonel Abdoulie Manneh will replace Gamcoy 20, whose tour of duty was completed following their deployment in March, 2017.
Addressing the contingent who will serve a one year period in the Sudanese troubled region, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff Major General Yankuba Drammeh reminded them that they must behave professionally and avoid anything that will stain the good image of the country which it has earned over past years.
He also admonished the contingent to consolidate the track record of the country in international peacekeeping operations and urged them to adhere to the core principles of integrity, respect for diversity and professionalism.
He told them that those before them have performed exemplary well, noting that Gambian contingents from day one have established enviable track records and excelled beyond expectations. “My advise to you is your colleagues have made it possible over the years and now it is your turn. You have to go out there to consolidate on the gains achieved by your predecessors.”
Lt. General Drammeh expressed confidence in the ability of the contingent individually and collectively, adding that advice is what they owed to them before their departure from the country. He also advised them to respect the culture, tradition and beliefs of the people of Darfur. “You must respect the people of Darfur because respect is give and take. If you respect people they will respect you too but if you disrespect them they will not respect you.”