First up was a day in Banjul, the capital. Our first stop in the city was Arch 22, built in celebration of President Jammeh's takeover. I made friends with a few little ones, who were obsessed with my fold up water bottle! I was starting to get a bit Angelina Jolie and considering sneaking a few back in my suitcase..!
We had a wander around Banjul market, which sold everything you could imagine.
The Fajara War Memorial was funded by The Commonwealth. It was a beautiful tribute to those who fought and died for The Commonwealth.
Smoking house for the fish
Traditional fishing boats - British colonisers gave the village fibreglass canoes to use, which were destroyed in Atlantic storms. The village has since reverted back to traditional boats.Sunday I undertook research at two fishing villages; Katong and Tange. We were shown around by Solomon, an immigration officer, as boarder control along the coast is manned at every village.
"step into my office!"
For those who don't know much about Gambian politics, the country has been ruled by Jammeh since 1994 as part of 'The Second Republic'. Freedom of speech in The Gambia is banned, and the President has informants everywhere. Solomon, a government official, was very informative however upon later research we came to the conclusion that he'd falsified a lot of his information to better his country. Throughout the week I started to recognise this more and more, and it became extremely frustrating when trying to interview certain groups of people.
More of my trip to come later in the week!