Gambia’s former ambassador to the United States is not returning Banjul for home services over safety concerns, but won’t be deterred from insisting that President Yahya Jammeh steps down.
Faye says there is no doubt that his safety is at risk because of “the history and the reputation of the system.”
“So yes, I think my safety will be at risk. There’s no doubt about that,” he said.
Gambia’s government has one of the worst human rights records in Africa. President Yahya Jammeh’s regime has been documented to make prevalent extra-judicial execution, torture, and enforced disappearance.
Faye worked for the government before demanding Jammeh, the man that gave him his job, to step down. The former ambassador is not as popular among Gambian dissidents in the United States who are holding him liable for “doing Jammeh’s biddings.”
But for Faye, he took a job to serve his country, he insists.
“I have done that because I’ve been serving my people. I was asked to go and serve the Gambia and not to serve an individual,” he said.
Faye is among a dozen Gambian diplomats urging Jammeh to hand over power when his term expires. Jammeh conceded defeat to Adama Barrow, but now rejects the outcome of the polls.
(Reporting and Writing by Sam Phatey; Additional Reporting by Mustapha Darboe)