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Farming Impeded in Foni

May 28, 2008, 4:54 AM | Article By: By Alieu Jabang & Malafie Badjie

As Rebel Attacks Intensify

As the rainy season draws near, Foni farmers sharing a border with neighbouring Casamance are reported to be facing difficulties in their farming activities due to what many describe as sporadic gun fire from the Casamance zone.

According to reports emanating from Foni, fighting intensified about a month ago when rebels of the Movement for Democratic Change (MFDC) started aggression.

The unfolding situation, described by many as pathetic, is said to have left farmers within that area with no other option but to stay away from their farms for fear of possible attacks.

In an interview with these reporters on his farm, Malamin Badjie from the village of Baipai in Western Region, said: "It is very risky to work in a place where gun shots are constantly heard, one after another. Many farmers are suffering at home because of fear of losing their lives."

The 53-year-old farmer called on the security forces of the two countries, The Gambia and Senegal, to come to their aid so as to enable them cultivate their crops in the coming rainy season. "The security forces are doing very well but they need to redouble their efforts," he said.

Many other farmers who spoke to The Point on condition of anonymity, expressed the same sentiments.