Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has sent his Special Advisor Mai Ahmad Fatty to visit Gambian refugees who delivered new babies at a medical facility in Dakar, Senegal.
Fatty was joined by Gambian Ambassador to Senegal Mr. Pa Momodou Njie, the Mayor of Dakar Khalifa Sall, President of the Senegalese Red Cross and Coordinator of Helping Hand Ms. Aji Kumba Daffeh.
Fatty’s visit came after a misunderstanding that the president was holding a ‘reception’ with Gambians based in Dakar. Before Fatty went on the visit, activists criticized their decision to host a ‘reception’ which was instead a meeting.
Thousands of Gambians fled their country after their longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh refused to cede power to Barrow.
Activists say Fatty’s visit was helpful to calm and reassure the refugees who are now getting prepared to return to their homes after former President Yahya Jammeh left the country on Saturday.
President Barrow supported relief efforts with a donation on behalf of the new government.
It has been one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the Gambian border. More than 45,000 people were displaced. The UN sent 40 tons of food and supplies and expressed concerns over sanitary needs.