People are seen moving across the street in Banjul, Gambia January 17, 2017 REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

International community urged to financially assist Gambia’s new government

The UN is urging the international community to financially assist the Gambia’s new government after former President Yahya Jammeh allegedly emptied the state coffers.

Financial assistance will pay salaries and revive the economy.

“The international community needs to come to the aid of the Gambia to ensure that the finances are there to pay salaries in the short term, and for normal economic activities to take off,” the organization said.

Former President Yahya Jammeh fled to exile in Equatorial Guinea with nearly US$12 million and luxury goods. Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has vowed to investigate the allegations levied against the former ruler.

The European Union may have to unfreeze nearly €33 million in budgetary aid to the Gambia. The funds were withheld over deteriorating human rights conditions under Jammeh’s regime.

Thousands of Gambians have died to attempt to reach Europe. More than 13,000 Gambian youths have journeyed perilously to Europe arriving by sea in hopes for better economic opportunities and freedoms.

Barrow ran his campaign on a promise to revive the economy and end the ‘backway’ crisis, the route that takes migrant across the Sahara and Mediterranean into Europe.

The European commission plans to spend part of its €1.8bn (£1.4bn) emergency trust fund for Africa, announced in November, on creating jobs in the Gambia and deterring people from leaving.

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