#Headlines

GAF welcomes Gamcoy 23 back home

Mar 18, 2021, 2:11 PM | Article By: Adama Tine

As the UNAMID mission in the Sudanese region of Darfur has finally ended, The Gambia Armed Forces on Tuesday received the first batch of Gamcoy 23 troops comprising 59 soldiers and 7 officers.

Addressing the troops from Darfur, Brigade General Turo Jawneh, said it was a pleasure to receive the troops back on behalf of Lt. General Yankuba Drammeh, CDS of The Gambia Armed Forces, who due to some other official engagements couldn’t welcome them on arrival but hoping to receive them later at the GAF training school.

“You have gone out and exhibited professionalism while in Darfur but unfortunately, you are back here today because the UN Resolutions asked us to withdraw all the forces from Darfur” said Brig. Gen. Jawneh.

He added that the entire GAF is pleased to receive the troop back home including H.E. Adama Barrow, noting that there was no adverse report against anyone while in Darfur, which he said, was a big pleasure not only for the GAF but also for the The Gambia as a nation.

“You are here today as proud Gambian soldiers because The Gambian Contingent is being described to be the best figure in terms of peace keeping anywhere, which the GAF command is proud of. You have raised the flag of The Gambia and we want you to continue keeping it high” Brig. Gen. Jawneh stated.

He further reminded them that there is an inside rule for everyone to be quarantined in order to follow all the covid-19 protocols. If you are found to be negative, you will be discharged, if otherwise, the medic team will be around to attend to them.

In an interview with Major Abdou Jatta, second in command to the arrived troop, he said they knew that the mission was not going to be long because before their departure, it was clearly made to them that the mission’s mandate would end 31 December 2020.

“Every mission runs under a mandate, once the mandate is terminated, troops no longer stay. The mission’s mandate was to end and a new mission was to take over which is a civilian led mission, which kicked off on the 1st January 2021” he affirmed.

According to Major Jatta, the troop has successfully carried out their mission and has totally exhibited professionalism during their operations in the mission area, while extending gratitude and thanks to the Sudanese people. 

When asked about those soldiers who are yet to experience Darfur mission, Major Jatta said every mission has a format, noting that their troop is a company of 132 and in military he added, they have ways of selecting who should go for what mission.

“Based on your role in the army compared to what you are going to perform in the mission area, selection is done and those that are yet to be selected never felt bad because they know next time will be their turn,” he concluded.

Read Other Articles In Headlines
Ousman Sillah v2
Hon. Sillah outlines mitigation measures as climate change continues to  threaten Banjul
Apr 4, 2022, 12:03 PM

Hon Ousman Sillah, the National Assembly Member (NAM) for Banjul North says Banjul is being threatened by Climate Change.

Ecomig Soldiers
2 ECOMIG soldiers, dozen others arrested over birthday party
Sep 18, 2020, 11:05 AM

ECOMIG soldiers are reportedly found dining and wining with dozens of women at the Senegambia/Bijilo area in the early hours of Thursday morning, thus violating the regulation governing the curfew in The Gambia.

Faal and Jammeh
Faal demands Jammeh face justice as TRRC records 250 murders
May 31, 2021, 11:54 AM

After two years of national duty designed to investigate crimes committed by former President Yahya Jammeh and his enablers, the lead counsel of the TRRC, Essa M. Faal revealed that about 220 to 250 murders occurred in the country under Jammeh; adding that justice should be done and it must be seen to be done.

Karen Bass
Gambia seeks U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass’s support for truth, justice in Gambia’s death
Jun 15, 2020, 12:16 PM

The Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, solicits support from Congresswoman, Karen Bass. US lawmaker is the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and also the Africa Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the United States Congress.