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Thousands of Gambians Protest for Former President Yahya Jammeh's Return from Exile

Supporters of the former statesman want the current Gambian government to guarantee his right to return from self-exile in Equatorial Guinea.

Yesterday, thousands of supporters of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh took to the outskirts of the capital city Banjul. According to Aljazeera, they demanded that the current government under President Adama Barrow guarantee the former statesman's return from exile in Equatorial Guinea.

Jammeh ruled the West African country for over two decades and subsequently lost to Barrow in the national elections back in 2017.


In one of the several audio recordings released by the deputy spokesman for Jammeh's political party to the media, Jammeh said that, "I am coming back. They said they drove me out of the country. Apart from Allah, nobody can take me out of The Gambia."

Chairman of the Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations, Sheriff Kijera, responded to Jammeh's appeal to return to The Gambia saying:

"He is a citizen. He has every right to stay in his hometown and go and answer to the law. Former President Yahya Jammeh's rule in The Gambia was a tyrannical and brutal dictatorship. If former president Jammeh is authorized to return to The Gambia without being arrested, charged and prosecuted for his crimes or transferred to another state for him to face justice, it would be a big failure on the part of the government of The Gambia to uphold its duty to the people of Gambia, as well as its international obligation to provide an effective remedy to victims."

As of last year, The Gambia Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission was set up to hear testimony from victims and high-ranking government officials about the crimes allegedly committed by Jammeh during his 22-year rule. Human Rights Watch reports that Jammeh is said to have allegedly killed political opponents, approximately 56 West African migrants, carried out the arbitrary detaining of women in so-called "witch hunts" and the rape of several women including former beauty Gambian beauty queen, Fatou Jallow.

The now 23-year-old broke her silence in June of last year and publicly alleged that Jammeh had raped her while in office. Since then, women across the country have rallied around her under the banner of #IAmToufah.

Calls for Jammeh's return come at a time when Gambians are also pushing for the resignation of current President Barrow following his commitment to only serve as head of state for three years.

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It's Official: British Vogue Has Made 2022 The Year of the African Model

The major fashion magazine's February 2022 issue features 9 gloriously Black and African models - and we can't get enough.

Sigh... The Black Woman.

Legendary fashion and lifestyle magazine British Vogue has set the tone and welcomed in a new era with their latest cover, celebrating Black women in all of their glory. In what is arguably their most diverse, Afro-centric issue to date, the February 2022 issue of the popular magazine features 9 glorious (and Black) African models. Their latest issue, which celebrates "The Rise of The African Model", features South Sudanese models Adut Akech, Akon Changkou, and Anok Yai, Ethiopian beauty Akway Amar, Senegalese-Italian Dibaa Maty, Nigeria's Jumbo Janet, Nyaguaa from Sierre Leone, Australian Abény Nhial, and American model Majesty Amare.

Photographer Rafael Pavarotti captured the group's beauty, and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful's vision beautifully. On the cover, Enninful says, "I saw all these incredible models from across Africa who were just so vivacious and smart. These girls are redefining what it is to be a fashion model. He went on to speak about the soon-to-be-historic cover on his Instagram, writing, "No longer just one or two dark-skinned girls mingled backstage, but a host of top models took a meaningful, substantial and equal place among the most successful women working in fashion today. It means so much to me to see it."

Echoing Edward's words and highlighting the importance of having diverse models on both sides - the model and the viewer - model Adut told the fashion magazine, "When I first started modeling internationally... I would literally be the only Black, dark-skinned girl in the show. There were no Sudanese models, no African models," the 22-year-old model said, "Now, I go to a show and there are girls from my country, girls from Africa who look like me. So yes, there has been a huge change. It has gone from me being the only one at a show, to 15 or 20 of us. I'm just so happy that we are finally at this place. I was tired of always feeling out of place, and feeling like an outcast."



Social media lost it when the cover dropped, many sharing the emotional impact seeing so many Black models on an international cover has over them.



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