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Gambia Sets Prison Time, Fines In New Ban Against Female Genital Mutilation

AP | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.31.2015 | Impact

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Gambia's parliament has passed a bill banning female genital mutilation and setting strict penalties for offenders, a month af...

Gambia's Ban On Female Genital Mutilation Isn't Enough To Stop Practice, Experts Say

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact

While advocates have celebrated Gambia’s recent ban on female genital mutilation as a necessary first step, they aren’t convinced that gi...

Two American Citizens Charged In Attempted Gambia Coup

AP | By ERIC TUCKER | Posted 03.07.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two men have been charged in the United States with conspiring to help overthrow the government of the small West African nation o...

Gambia's President Blames Foreign-Backed Dissidents For Attack On Capital

Reuters | Posted 03.03.2015 | World

BANJUL, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh returned to Banjul on Wednesday and accused dissidents backed by unnamed fo...

Gambian President Returns Home After Reports Of Coup Attempt

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2015 | World

BANJUL, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh returned to Banjul on Wednesday and shops and banks reopened, a day after gunfire erupte...

Soldiers Lock Down Gambian Capital After Overnight Shooting

Reuters | Posted 03.01.2015 | World

BANJUL, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh said he was returning home from Chad late on Tuesday, after gunfire erupted around the pres...

Gambian And Gay? Here's Why You Could Be Sent To Jail For Life

AP | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A Gambian lawmaker says the National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. Mi...

Twelve Years a Slave and African Heritage Tourism

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.29.2014 | Travel
Stefan Simanowitz

"Watching Kunte Kinte's story unfold had a profound impact on my developing sense of identity," says Ade Akinboyewa of the television series based on ...

West Africa: Travels in the Lands of Mosques and Mangoes

Rachel Stern | Posted 06.07.2014 | Travel
Rachel Stern

Ubiquitous mangoes, grandiose mosques, endless coastlines and welcoming locals are the core images that come to mind when I reflect on the three months I spent in West Africa.

Video: Fighting Back Against Anti-Gay Laws in Africa

Kelly Cogswell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kelly Cogswell

Anti-gay laws are sweeping across Africa, from Nigeria to Uganda. On Friday, as part of a Global Day of Action, hundreds of LGBT Africans and their allies protested in New York, encouraging Americans to get involved.

Why All LGBT People Should Care About Places Like Russia, Uganda and Gambia

Kevin Jennings | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Jennings

As barriers to legal equality seem to be falling like dominoes in the United States, it's easy for LGBT Americans and their allies to feel a sense of giddiness. But even as the momentum in the U.S. seems to be accelerating in the right direction, a disturbing countertrend has emerged.

Arizona and Uganda: How the Same Groups Spread the Same Hate Around the Globe

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

While we're hopefully beating back this law in Arizona, with anti-gay forces claiming it's about religious freedom and not about discrimination, keep in mind that their goal is to see homosexuality criminalized and punished around the world.

Kerry Denounces Gambian Leader's 'Unacceptable' Anti-LGBT Comments

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

Secretary of State John Kerry responded to harsh, anti-gay comments made by Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh in a Wednesday statement. In a Tuesday ...

LGBT Individuals In Gambia Face Further Discrimination In Exile

AP | ROBBIE COREY-BOULET | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

DAKAR, Senegal -- DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Alhaji, a 21-year-old gay man, knew there was trouble when he heard that an uninvited guest was snapping pho...

Gambia's President Calls Being Gay One Of The 'Biggest Threats To Human Existence'

AP | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

UNITED NATIONS -- The president of Gambia is using his address to the United Nations General Assembly to attack gays and lesbians, calling homosexuali...

African President Warns Homosexuals To Stay Away, Or Regret Being Born

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The leader of a small West African nation that receives American humanitarian aid has warned that any gay or lesbians found in his country will "regre...

What If We Sent 1 Million Books to The Gambia?

Patrick Plonski | Posted 12.30.2012 | Impact
Patrick Plonski

Tom Warth, the founder of Books For Africa, has done a lot of unusual things to promote charity and education. But nothing has been as important to him as his "African Book Walk: A Hike Across The Gambia to End Their Book Famine."

Trymaine Lee

Rev. Jesse Jackson Celebrates Birthday By Springing American Captives From Gambian Prison | Trymaine Lee | Posted 10.08.2012 | Black Voices

Depending on who's telling it, the Rev. Jesse Jackson is either a civil rights icon and trailblazer or a self-serving opportunist and attention-monger...

Emma Diab

Beverly Berndt: What Money Can Buy | Emma Diab | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact

The kids call her Auntie Bev, though they're not related. She's not from the same country or even from the same continent. Her religion is differe...

Ignoring Children's Long-term Needs During Disasters Prolongs Their Effects

Anne Goddard | Posted 09.04.2012 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Beyond helping the victims survive the crisis healthy and intact, we must help these countries preserve and sustain the gains they have made over many years. And just as importantly, we must ensure that the children of these nations do not bear abiding, irreversible burdens.

20 is Too Young to Die

Mohammad Barry | Posted 07.16.2012 | Teen
Mohammad Barry

Wearing an ''HIV positive'' T-shirt, I stood before the world -- specifically, in front of the nations hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic -- and asked politicians to remove the shroud of silence.

Fighting Malaria Is a Full Time Job

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 04.23.2012 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

April 25 is World Malaria Day. It is a time to celebrate the progress made in the fight against this disease, but it also time to renew our commitment to eradicating the killer of at least 650,000 people worldwide in 2010.

Why We Need Tougher Laws Against Female Genital Mutilation

Voice of America | Posted 02.06.2012 | Impact

United Nations, international and human rights organizations are calling for an end to female genital mutilation and appealing for tougher legislation...

Gambia Convicts 8 Foreigners Of Cocaine Trafficking

AP | Posted 12.12.2011 | World

BANJUL, Gambia -- A court in the tiny African nation of Gambia has convicted eight foreigners of trafficking cocaine and sentenced them each to 50 yea...

PHOTOS: Conservationists Bring Street Art To Gambia

Posted 12.10.2011 | Arts

Belgian street artist ROA has lent his talents to the Wide Open Walls (WOW) project in the Gambia through a series of public artworks. ROA is known fo...