Author: Yusef Taylor

Yusef Taylor, commonly known as Flex Dan is an editor and practising journalist based in the Gambia with a keen interest in human rights, the economy and good governance among many others. He continues to break news on the economy, human rights violations and is highly engaged in security sector reforms, constitutional reform and the transition of the Gambia from dictatorship to a democracy, the NewGambia. Yusef has been working with Gainako as a media practitioner from 2015 to date. He has a degree in Civil Engineering with 5 years of Design Consultancy experience.

By Sanna Camara and Yusef Taylor Despite facing deaths and kidnappings by rebels, dozens of Gambian youths have been reportedly stranded in the Sahara desert on their journey to Europe. They have to pay their way out, source confirmed. At least 1,000 African migrants leave every week from Agadez to cross the Sahara to Libya, sources have said this week. But many lose their monies to bandits, trafficking and smuggling groups as well as rebels and are left stranded in the desert countries. Reports say over fifty Gambians are among those being held at Mauritania/Algeria border by rebels, who demand…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT On 24th November, the world woke up to news that The Gambia will ban female genital mutilation (FGM). Gambia’s President Yahyah Jammeh made the pronouncement for an FGM ban during his political rally at his home village, Kanilai. According to International newspaper, The Guardian “Jammeh said the ban would come into effect immediately, though it was not clear when the government would draft legislation to enforce it”. In typical Presidential directive style, Jammeh announced the long awaited ban with threats, arrogantly proclaiming that “he, therefore, warned parents, chiefs, Alkalolou and female circumcision practitioners to shun the…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia hosts the 57th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (The Commission) at Kairaba Beach Hotel, from 4th to 18th November. The Commission was preceded by the NGO forum and the 31st African Human Rights Book Fair which was held from October 31st to November 2nd. By the end of November the Gambia was bustling with representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from the African Continent. Starting from the fourth preceding sessions will focus on; State reporting guidelines and a preparation update on the celebration of…

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Written by Yusef Taylor and edited by Sanna Camara On 22nd September 2015, the Africa Europe Development Platform (AEDP) held the Europe and Africa Post 2015 – Migration, Diasporas, and Development policy meeting in London to discuss the role of the African diaspora in the post- 2015  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the panel discussions on ‘Safeguarding the human rights of women and girls: building on best practice and maximising impact – Diaspora’s role in safeguarding the human rights of women and girls’, Akinyi Roselyn Walender, the Director of Women’s Leadership (Cordaid) in the Netherlands stated that currently we have an interesting…

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Yusef Taylor reporting from London, United Kingdom The Interim Executive Director, Africa-Europe Development Platform (AEDP) has argued that the Diaspora has a massive opportunity “to play the role of a broker” between the European and the African Unions to ensure that policies needed to implement development initiatives progress. Chairing a policy seminar in London this week themed “Europe and Africa Post 2015 – Migration, Diasporas, and Development”, Mr. Gibril Faal said since the Diaspora lives abroad; “they have vested interest in both regions and could be able to play the role of mediator between the two regional bodies.” According to…

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Context This is an invitation to all concerned Human Rights activist, Organisations and Individuals to a Human Rights Symposium in the UK scheduled for the 25th of July in London. Proceedings will begin at 12:00 hrs at the Athlone Hall, Athlone Street, Kentish Town, London NW5 4LN. The main purpose of the symposium is to highlight the deteriorating human rights situation and the imminent death penalty expansion. On the 30th of June the Gambia’s National Assembly passed a bill to marginalise 99% of Gambians and promote a single Party system. Next on the National Assembly’s sight is the expansion of…

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There will be a protest on August 15th to denounce the deteriorating Human Rights situation in the Gambian and the proposed expansion of the Death Penalty to cover all crimes. To finalise preparations for the protest there will be a Human Rights Symposium with Human Rights Organisations (such as Amnesty) and UK MPs invited to attend on July 25th. Plans for the August 15th protest including the Protest March route will be finalized at the Symposium on July 25th.  All those who abhor injustice are welcomed and urged to attend to highlight the ongoing repression and deteriorating Human Rights situation in The Gambia. Already…

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#GMBSolutions to #GMBProblems ‘New Gambia’ Imagine if every Online Radio highlighted one solution to a Gambian problem just once a month. This could be in the form of inviting a Gambian scholar, or anybody who feels passionate about a solution that the whole country can benefit from. Do we encourage enough Gambians (young and old) to prepare tailor made solutions for our homeland? Imagine if every Gambian involved in further education (both at home and abroad), did their thesis on solving a Gambian Problem? As a Gambian Citizen I’m concerned that we spend a significant amount of time focusing on the…

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News roundup 23rd June 2015 By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT If you don’t know yet Killa Ace dropped a Bomb on the day that the National Assembly Members (NAM) were expected to rubber stamp Electoral Reforms and expand the Death Penalty. Killa Ace is making waves in Gambia with a hot and ultra conscious new track “Ku Boka C Geta B”. The multi talented artist states that “as an Emcee it’s my duty to speak out” and boy did he let rip into the Gambian Dictator on the injustices facing the Gambian society. The track has got a trap influenced beat…

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  Rejoinder on April 25th UK Protest On April 25th 2015, in London, UK, Gambian civil society organizations will gather to hold public protests to commemorate the 15th anniversary of one of the darkest days in Gambian history: the student massacre of April 2000. On April 10 11 2000, the Jammeh regime opened fire on students who were peacefully protesting the rape of a 14-year-old student and the death of another at the hands of state security agents. By the 11th, a total of fourteen students were killed, including 6 young children. To this day, no one has been held…

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