Gambia Closes Its Border With Senegal

Jammeh and Macky
Jammeh and Macky

By Abdoulie John

The Gambia has closed its borders with Senegal. This followed the move taken by transport unionists to disrupt traffic between the two neighbouring countries.

“The traffic flow along the ferry terminal has drastically changed. There is a significant reduction in number of vehicles crossing,” said a resident of Banjul who spoke to this reporter under conditions of anonymity.

Last week, Gambian authorities augmented the cost of ferry tickets across all the country’s crossing points. The decision provoked significant political and public reactions in Senegal, with the country’s national transport union deciding to block the traffic within the borders.

Contacted by telephone to shed light on The Gambia government’s decision to scale up the crisis by closing the border, Gambian Foreign Affairs Minister Neneh Macdouall-Gaye declined to comment.

“I have a very urgent meeting. We will discuss about it later,” she said. The following day, efforts to reach out to her remained futile as nobody answers to repeated calls.

Senegal’s Transport Union leader Gora Khouma said The Gambia seems to be escalating things. “The Gambia has closed the border. I think the matter has now gone beyond our reach. It is up to the two States to solve it,” he said.

Security personnel at border posts located in Senegal have confirmed the closure.



  1. It seems Senegal has given the condition of building the Farafenni bridge before any negociation to use that route.

  2. A completely baffling finding, I was reading an interesting story about what CNN describes as the biggest scammer ever. On direction to Wikipedia, (see below) I found a woman whose pseudonym is CAROLINA MARIA GAMBIA. As our little known country has acquired a reputation of all things sleazy, I wonder if anyone would be aware of any possible connection of this scammer with our own demonic RASPUTIN, his pestilence YAYA AJJ.

    Maria Duval
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    For the Mexican actress, see María Duval.

    Maria Duval at her Moscow press conference on October 2008.
    Maria Duval (born 1938) is a pseudonym of Carolina Maria Gambia. Born in Milan, Duval was the owner of the organization Astroforce until it was sold in 1997 to Health Tips Ltd, which is based in Hong Kong (now Harmonie Ltd). She subsequently became president of the Institute for Parapsychological Research in Callas, a small town near Nice.[1]

    Astroforce has since then been presenting itself as Maria Duval, with her consent and knowledge. The company uses her name and image for a well-known worldwide scam.[2] Astroforce also sells its mailing list to direct marketing companies.

    Since selling Astroforce, she started working in conjunction with Destiny Research Center, a company that much like Astroforce, uses her with her approval and knowledge to scam people.

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