A man looks out from the roof of a van full with Gambian refugee children as they wait for more passengers to arrive by canoe in Niafarang, Senegal, January 17, 2017. Picture taken January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Emma Farge
A man looks out from the roof of a van full with Gambian refugee children as they wait for more passengers to arrive by canoe in Niafarang, Senegal, January 17, 2017. Picture taken January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Emma Farge

By Oladapo Okeowo

About 45,000 people have made a run out of Gambia since the turn of the year, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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The exodus, filled mainly with children, is due largely to the uncertainties that surround The Gambia after ex-President Yahya Jammeh refused to acknowledge the victory of President Adama Barrow at the polls.

Most of the people leaving are fleeing to nearby Senegal.

“The next few days will be critical and more people may leave the country if the current situation is not resolved peacefully soon.

“Senegalese authorities has prepared aid for 100,000 arrivals,’” UNHCR said in a statement issued on Friday in Dakar.

President Adama Barrow was on Thursday sworn-in as the president of Gambia and among his first declarations as Commander-in-chief, asked the army to stay in the barracks and not carry arms.given Jammeh till midday Friday to leave Gambia peacefully.

Countries of the world, including Nigeria have signalled their recognition of Barrow as the president whereas West African bloc, ECOWAS, has give Jammeh till midday Friday to peacefully leave the country.

 

Reuters