Statement on the post-election situation in The Gambia

Sign-board-Jahaly-Health-Centre-Buschklinik-3I, Matthias Ketteler, for and on behalf of myself as well as the board of Projekthilfe Gambia e. V. (Germany) and the management of Project Aid The Gambia NGO A 57, would like to express our deep concerned about the current political situation in the country. We have been providing development assistance for more than 30 years. Our spirits, our hearts and minds have been with the People of The Gambia in particular the masses, the old and young, the faces and lives that we have touched for the past thirty years and will continue to do so.

The friendliness and warmth that many people have sown us during our work in The Gambia is unique. This has deeply touched our hearths and ultimately gave us strength, motivation and passion to build even more friendship. We also hope to foster development in future which will benefit the people of The Gambia especially the people living in the rural area who desperately needs help and we are fully committed to fulfill our objectives by supporting them even more.

Our work has always been and will surely remain beneficial to the helpless, the sick, men and women, old and young people of the Republic of The Gambia. Being cognizant of the fact that our work does not entails only the provision of Aid but also to show love and dedication which undoubtedly helps the people including the sick as it changes their lives for the better.

As an International NGO we have closely followed the current events in The Gambia from December 1st 2016 to date and cannot help but to express our concern for the safety of The Gambian people whom we served. We see our goals as a 100% dedicated NGO, facing the possibility of not being made to manifest the current developments and worry for the future of our friends, our employees and extended families that are presently seeking for a brighter and better future.

On that note and with nothing but goodwill and love, we therefore appeal to all political leaders to engage in dialogue and commitment that will benefit the People of The Gambia. To make decision based on respect of the laws of The Gambia and to take account of the wishes of the people of The Gambia and the values of peace, ethics and  secular coexistence of all the religions, tribes and cultures that  in our opinion is the most priceless gift of The Gambia. This is something so unique, so rare in the world we live in today.

This is the beauty of The People of The Gambia, which in our opinion must be persevered and be made the corner stone of any decision or action that the different parties will take. It is also our hope that all decisions and measures taken must be towards the prevention of anarchy to cause harm to the people of The Gambia. This instrument is therefore the foundation to peaceful transition process that is manifested by the entire population.

We urge and wish for a peaceful outcome of the current situation in The Gambia, without threat or violence. It is evident to see that this is the opinion of the majority of the population of Gambians at home and abroad including friends of The Gambia. The people of The Gambia would like to see a future without fear, a future of new dawns, new hopes and new beginnings. This fact has been made evident by the determination of Gambian People. We express our prayers and thus demonstrate our goodwill gesture to support the aspiration of the Gambian people who deserves to be respected at all cost. It is the duty of any government to respect and implement the decision and choice of her people.

The very foundation of democracy is built on the this principle of respect of the choice of the people, by the people, and this constitutional right must be not only defended but also respected by the politically elected representatives that are in office by way of a democratically elected and chosen people and government.

We hope that those entrusted with this mandate will act solely in the interest of peace, love and the successful future of The Gambia.

Thought for today and a gentle reminder.

In peace and friendship always,

Matthias Ketteler, chairman and Good Will Ambassador At Large of The Republic of The Gambia, in the name of the board of Projekthilfe Gambia e. V. (Germany) and the management of Project Aid The Gambia NGO A 57.

Manjai Kunda, Hattingen/Germany on January 3rd, 2017

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