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YPWB hosts transboundary Peace festival in Siffoe

Jan 7, 2020, 2:23 PM

Young People Without Borders, a youth-led community development organisation in Siffoe, Kombo South have hosted a three-day transboundary peace festival in Siffoe that brought together delegates from The Gambia, Senegal and Guinea Bissau.

The peace synergy is meant to amplify voices for social cohesion and tribal tolerance through culture. It also aims to engage civil society organisations and local communities in The Gambia and Casamance for peace through Culture.

President of Young People Without Borders, Kalifa Kanteh said the peace festival is meant to consolidate peace and free movement of people and goods, saying during the 2016 political impasse in The Gambia, both Senegal and Guinea Bissau have welcomed Gambians and shared their resources with them.

Speaking on behalf of the village Alkali, Sarjo Demba commended the organisation for coming with the idea, saying Gambia can learn a lot from Senegal and Guinea Bissau as they have experienced instability.

Ana Jatta, Secretary General of Sub-regional coordination of social organisations for peace in Casamance (COSPAC), who doubles as the president de L’association des femmes pour la paix en Casamance, urged women to venture into initiatives that are geared towards building and consolidating peace in the region. She said Senegal and The Gambia share a lot in common.

She said Gambia has been supportive to the people of Casamance and Casamance also played a key role during the impasse. “Without peace, people will not be able to travel and no meaningful development can take place,the group of people that suffer most are women,” she said.

Madam Jatta called on women to allow their daughters to take part in such activities, saying that will nurture them to become advocates and ambassadors of peace. She commended the people of the Gambia, especially YPWB for successfully hosting of the event