Day 5

Day 5 – Tobaski Updated: Aug 22 This morning we went to Tobaski, or the festival of Eid Al-Adha, celebrated at the prayer ground in the centre of Gunjur. I found it amazing, awe inspiring, and enlightening. What struck me most was the strength of community; there was a deep, shared faith amongst everyone there. I’ve…

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Day 4

Day 4 – Interviewing ‘failed migrants’ and Maisie’s birthday Updated: Aug 14 I’ve been asked to write the blog today because… it’s my birthday! This morning, when we got to the TARUD offices where we’ve been working, everyone sang Happy Birthday – several times, in English and in Mandinka. It was amazing; they were so nice.…

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Day 3

Day Three – The British High Commission and the market The best part of today for me was meeting the UK High Commissioner in the Gambia. What I found so fascinating about her was how empowering her aura was, how she spoke so confidently. It was clear why she was in a leadership role. And…

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Day 2

Day Two – Meeting elders and interviewing partners Updated: Aug 9 The day started properly when we got off the bus in the centre of Gunjur and made our way into the TARUD office. TARUD is the local NGO, the Trust Agency for Rural Development, set up in 1997 by the Marlborough-Gunjur link. There we listened…

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