State Of Emergency: Thousands of Britons, Others Flee Gambia

By Ikenga Chronicles January 18, 2017

Thousands of Britons and other nationals are leaving Gambia in droves due to the political impasse orchestrated by President Yayha Jammeh.This came as Jammeh on Tuesday declared 90-day state of emergency due to the disputed election.

In a statement, Thomas Cook a British firm based in Gambia said: “We will operate a programme of additional flights into Banjul airport over the next 48 hours to bring the 985 UK customers we currently have on holiday in Gambia home, including four additional flights on Wednesday 18 January.”

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“In addition, we have approximately 2,500 flight-only customers in Gambia, whom we are contacting to offer the earliest possible flight availability for return to the UK.”

The travel company is sending a special assistance team on the first flight from the UK to provide additional support for customers.

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“Our colleagues on the ground in Gambia will proactively contact all customers on holiday with us as soon as possible to prepare for return to the UK” the statement continued.

Regional leaders have been trying without success to persuade Jammeh to hand over power to Adama Barrow, who won the vote.

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