The Gambia als IS staat?

1 Februari 2016

Half januari lazen we in The Economist een artikel met als titel “The Gambia fashions itself as a kind of Islamic state”Geschrokken door wat wij lazen hebben we contact gezocht met Yusuf. Hij behoort tot de minderheid van christenen in The Gambia, wat voor >90% uit moslims bestaat. Hoewel er nooit aanleiding is geweest om hierover zorgen te hebben kent iedereen de ontwikkelingen rondom IS.

Waar Yusuf normaliter snel reageert op mails duurde het in dit geval even. Op de laatste dag van januari kregen we dan eindelijk bericht. Dit luidde als volgt, op de typische, positieve manier van Yusuf:

“Dear Uncle Gerwin,

Thanks a lot for your mail, how are you and the family, hope you are all fine. Please also forgive us for getting back to you before now.

Yes, the President of The Gambia made an announcement that the country is turning to Islamic State. But that statement did not go down well with The Christians. We are hoping and praying that he will reverse the statement.

All the same, the country remain peaceful and things are going on normal. The children are all doing well in school, they have just done their First Assessment Test . Last Year The London Corner school came out with outstanding result from the NAT Exam. We are so happy about this and we have develop more zeal and power to continue to do more for the children. They really made us and the school proud. 

[…]

Thank you so much and we wish to hear from you.

Thanks
Bro Yusuf, Akeem, Mrs. Jobe, Staff & Children.”

No worries dus ;-).