the last fifteen years, The Gambia has been sending troops to Darfur, which is
a very good record in the history of the country’s contributions towards
restoration of world peace.
It is a widely held notion that the existence of peace is more than the mere absence of war, hunger and other human and natural disasters in the world. And blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be heirs of the world.
Peace has to begin right in our hearts and roll down to the community, the national and to the global level. Since the deployment of Gambian troops to the Sudanese troubled region of Darfur in 2004 as international peacekeeper, their achievements have been remarkable and worthy celebrating.
The Gambia being among the pioneer countries that formed the peacekeeping mission under the auspicious of AU, speaks volume of the country’s dedication to maintaining world peace.
It has always ascribed to the ideals of the African Union and the ability of Africans to solve their own problems. This has been amply demonstrated with the high sense of professionalism and dedication exhibited by our gallant troops in peace keeping missions.
Under the current democratic dispensation, the government has placed strong emphasis on the need to have peace, progress and prosperity in the country, Africa and the world at large. That is why Gambian troops are serving in peacekeeping missions in different parts of the world.
As GAMCOY 22 is set to leave The Gambia for the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur to replace GAMCOY 21, we enjoin them to be good ambassadors of the country and always keep the country’s flag high.
We wish to assure them that our hearts and minds are with them and we are praying for their safe stay during the course of their tenure in Darfur.
We are of the view that the redeployment training these gallant men and women have undergone have adequately armed them both in terms of tactics and equipment to carry out their roles.
Remember that maintaining peace and stability in any country or troubled region is divine and noble. Only God can reward those who sacrifice their lives to maintaining law and order.
For The Gambia our homeland, to The Gambia ever true!
“Peace enforcement is a much more difficult kind of operation than peacekeeping.”