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The Gambia

The Gambia is situated on the west coast of Africa. It is surrounded on three sides by Senegal. The River Gambia flows throughout the length of the country. It is the smallest country in Africa and, because of its shape, it is sometimes likened to an index finger in the side of Africa.

It has a sub tropical climate, having a rainy season and a dry season.
English is the official language, probably due to the fact that it was a British colony, but indigenous languages are in common use.

It has no natural resources and, historically, its economy has been dependant on peanut production. Today tourism is being promoted to boost the economy. The Gambia is proving to be a popular holiday destination, thanks to its climate and stability. A warm welcome awaits all its visitors.

   


The Gambia Facts:

Location: West Coast of Africa.

Area: 4,361 square miles.

Population: 1.7million.

Capital: Banjul.

Language: English and Indigenous.

Religion: Islam (90%), Christianity (10%).

The Gambia is divided into 5 administrative districts, one of which is the Jokadu District, on the north bank of the River Gambia.

THE JOKADU DISTRICT

The Jokadu District is an administrative area on the North Bank of the River Gambia.
It is a poor underdeveloped area, which hasn’t changed for more than 100 years. There is only 1 tarmac road through this district, going to Senegal.

Firewood For Sale

Most villages can only be reached across open country. There are ill defined dirt tracks which are extremely dusty in the dry season and disappear during the heavy rains. There is no source of electrical power in these remote areas. Water is generally obtained from wells, using a hand pump or bucket, or the occasional borehole, in the larger villages.

hand pump

Families live in mud huts with thatched roofs and some have roofs of rusty corrugated steel sheets. In the villages oxen, donkeys and goats wander at will, and everywhere there are chickens scratching about for food.

0017 Free-Range Chickens! Bakang Village taxi drivers day off

Transport is provided by oxen or donkey drawn flat topped carts.

local transport

Families eke a livelihood from the soil. There are no modern farm implements. Most of the tools are made locally, and the ground is usually tilled by the women.

women tilling ground

They grow groundnuts, rice and cassava as their main food crops, with some vegetables, e.g. tomatoes, sweet potato, cabbage and onions.

rice harvest groundnut harvest

Mango trees not only give valuable shade but also provide a delicious, juicy fruit.
Baobob trees also provide some nourishment, as well as having some medicinal properties.

Baobob Trees

A good source of protein is obtained from fish, which are found in the local rivers.

Fish Drying

Health facilities are non existent in the villages and there are few schools.

Bakang Village is in the Jokadu District.

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