This year’s Mother’s Day is not a celebration for the children of Fanta Darboe-Juwara. For more than two decades each year Fanta smiled as her children, husband and friends congratulated her for taking the pains, troubles and patience of going through Motherhood. Only those who go through it know how it feels or hurts. Every stage of Motherhood is marred by risks that sent many mothers and would-be mothers to the next world. Their quest to give life to another human often result to their death.
As a show of appreciation to mothers for their unique role as producers and reproducers, the United States dedicate a single day to mothers. On this day, children assemble in their mother’s house not only to smile and exchange pleasantries but also help mum with chores. They buy flowers for their mother and take care of all her day’s chores. In some communties, families gathered around camp fire at night, which all put smile on a mother’s face. The day is a simple reminder of the fact that without motherhood societies would have long ceased to exist.
Denial of bail by Yahya Jammeh’s mercenary judge has prevented Fanta from receiving her family’s appreciation this Sunday. How do you expect these children to forgive Monster Jammeh taking into consideration that Fanta and all peaceful protesters exercised their civic right to protest?
We want the children of all remanded women in Mile 2 to remain strong because in the end power will get back to its original owners, Gambian people. When that happens, there will be more Famara Wassa Tourays to celebrate. Famara took the independence idea into his hands ans crisscrossed the whole country to sell the Protectorate People’s Party agenda. He was arrested by the colonial government but he ended up becoming a celebrated national hero.
We dedicate this year’s mother’s day to Fanta Darboe-Juwara, Fatoumata Jawara, Fatou Camara and Nogoi Njie for their bravery to pave way for the liberation of their oppressed people. Because of the peaceful protesters Calabash Revolution was born. Fear has become the first casualty, which will ultimately lead Gambians to as Dr. Martin Luther King put it to “the mountaintop.”