Against Impunity – A song for the Gambian dictator
This song by Gambian artists is directed at Yahya Jammeh, the dictator of Gambia who has been in power for 19 years. Yahya is arguably the worst dictator in Africa (if not the world), and has absolutely no respect for human rights. Gambia is the smallest nation in mainland Africa, and is mostly devoid of resources – which is probably why we never hear about Gambia in the news. Yahya banned homosexuality in his country and announced that he would “cut off the head” of any gay or lesbian person discovered in Gambia. In 2007, Jammeh claimed he could cure HIV/AIDS and asthma with natural herbs. Subsequently, he ordered Gambians to stop taking anti-retroviral medicine. He continues to rule today, and Gambians continue to strive against him.
Let’s recognize this brave work by Gambian artists who have the courage to stand up against impunity.