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Sharing is godly

Sep 29, 2010, 12:11 PM

The culture of sharing and caring is not something new in our Gambian society.

From time immemorial, our grandparents have been sharing the little resources they possessed with their relatives, friends and neighbours.

It would be recalled that in the good old days, in traditional Gambia, if a person dies within the locality or neighbourhood, all the neighbours will cook enough food and share it with the bereaved family, so that they can give food to the people coming to the funeral.

Some will even go to the extent of contributing money, and give it to the family.

It is time for us to reflect on the past, and try to correct what is happening at this present moment, when people seem to care less for each other.

In our present generation, some people have all the means of helping others, but they prefer to see their fellow human beings suffer and beg, before they assist them.

For some people, it is not that they feel reluctant to help the needy, but are mindful of ensuring that those they help really deserve to be assisted.

In any case, it is in this spirit that we call on all Gambians to reflect on the plight of those individuals who suffer because of the floods, following the recent heavy rains experienced in the country.

"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures."

Kahlil Gibran