We are on the eve of the commemoration of the golden jubilee of the declaration of independence in 1965. The economic difficulties which many are facing do not permit them to celebrate. We have spoken to many farmers who are being asked by their village heads to pay yard tax even though they are still unable to sell their nuts.
Many young people are stranded in Libya and many families have lost children in the Mediterranean who were venturing to lift their families from poverty.
Now there is one area which could touch the heart of every Gambian, that is, the granting of general amnesty to prisoners or exiles whose imprisonment or exile is politically motivated and ordering the release of family members who are arrested because of blood ties with the insurgents. This would be a step forward.