By Yusef Taylor (Flex)
The family of Ebrima Ceesay are appealing to the general public for information to help trace their loved one who has been missing since 28th November 2015. The family are currently searching for their loved one and will reward anybody who provides information leading to his safe return up to $1,000 (D39,580 Gambian Dalasis).
Ebrima is 39 years old and is 5 feet 8 inches tall, slim but a strongly built young man who speaks fluent English, Wollof and Creole. Ebrima was last seen in the morning of November 28th, 2015 wearing a blue T-shirt and jeans. He was reported to have left to visit a friend in the morning around nine o’clock who lives in Kanifing South. He reportedly never made it to the friend’s house where he visits frequently. After enquiries with his friends asking about his whereabouts the friends said they never saw Ebrima that morning. Where he went or what may have happened to him is still a mystery to the family.
Ebrima’s family have since visited every Police station nearby to file a missing person’s case on his behalf. The police said they will look for him and will let the family know if they find him. His family are appealing with the Police and relevant authorities to investigate his disappearance thoroughly. Ebrima was diagnosed with some mental illness and was taking medication for the disorder. This highlights the urgency and the need for his swift return to his family who are deeply concerned about his disappearance. Not taking his medications for this long could lead to serious effects on him. Ebrima was never involved in any political activity which could have endangered his possible arrest and detention by the authorities. He was a calm and peaceful young man who stayed at home and only went out on occasion. He was never violent and had never taken anybody’s property. What then could have happened to this young man?
Ceesay Family Appeal
“Our brother Ebrima Ceesay has been missing since 28th November 2015. If anyone has any information of his whereabouts, please contact me or any of my family members via social media or in person in Gambia or anywhere around the globe. Anybody that provides us information that lead to his safe return to his family will receive a $1000 (D39,580 Gambian Dalasis) reward.”
Mental illness is a serious matter but unfortunately in Gambia the mentally ill are often neglected and or made fun of in the streets. A mentally ill person must have help to be able to get treatment and be rehabilitated back into society. So if anyone see anybody sleeping in the streets or loitering around a corner in your neighbourhood, please report the matter to the police so they can find out who the person is. There are several young men and women of able bodies and sometimes even children who are mentally ill and are roaming the streets in Gambia with people passing by or simply making jokes about the individual. Our society has an obligation to protect the mentally ill in our country.
Although there are no evidence or reason to believe that law enforcement is involved in this young man’s disappearance, it must be noted that authorities in the Gambia have previously detained a mentally ill Ambu Drammeh in Mile II for a long period of time without trail. The family visited mile II and were told that Ambu was still there but that “they did not have access to him” (Foroyaa Nov 30th, 2014). A Magistrate finally ordered the young man to be taken to a Psychiatric Hospital for evaluation. So the family of Mr. Ceesay are appealing to the NIA and the Prison staff to look into their roster and see if Ebrima was accidentally detained by Gambian authorities. Ebrima’s elderly mother is severely disturbed on the disappearance without trace for several months of her son. He could have been anybody’s son, brother or nephew. So please help with information on this urgent matter.
The family sincerely appeals to all and sundry to please report any information related to Ebrima’s disappearance. We urge anybody with information to call or send an email to Bala Musa Ceesay immediately on:
Musa Ceesay 2404721596 email@example.com
Mbemba Ceesay +49 1575 5426141
Nfansu Ceesay 2203423042
Kalilu Ceesay 244931608471 Ceesaykalilu@gmail.com
Mabintu Ceesay 2203057219
Lasana ceesay +358 40 8537568
Any information that could be provided on his whereabouts will be very much appreciated and rewarded by the Ceesay family residing in Kanifing South and in the United States. Please refer to the attached image which can be used to help identify him. The life of this young man could be saved by anybody who cares to report the matter. The family anxiously look forward to his safe return.