U.S. concerned about Fanta Jawara’s safety

The U.S. has expressed concerns over the safety of Fanta Jawara, who has been released from a Gambian jail but unable to return home to Fredrick, Maryland.

Fanta was arrested when rear opposition protests erupted in the tiny West African nation and her travel documents were taken by Gambian authorities after an Appeal Court granted her bail.

The Gambia’s autocratic ruler President Yahya Jammeh was defeated in the polls this month but refuses to allow the peaceful transfer of power to Adama Barrow, a businessman backed by seven opposition parties.

The popular tourist destination is now in a political logjam and may see some instability with Jammeh risking the chance of a peaceful exit to being militarily flushed out by ECOWAS forces.

The U.S. government has urged Jammeh to step down and condemned his rejection of the election results as “reprehensible and unacceptable” and an egregious attempt to undermine a credible election process and remain in power illegitimately.

Fanta’s family is hoping that she will join them soon.

President Yahya Jammeh has remained unreachable for the international community, putting himself incommunicado with the world. The opposition says Jammeh would be declared a rebel if he refuses to step down and the UN threatened to strongly sanction him.

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