8 January 2013

Gambia: GAMCOY 15 Leaves for Darfur

The 15th contingent of Gambian troops deployed to Darfur left Banjul on Sunday to join their colleagues for a peacekeeping mission in the Sudanese troubled region. The troops replaced GAMCOY 14 that has completed its six-month tour of duty in Darfur.

Addressing the troops shortly before their departure at the Banjul International Airport, the chief of Defence of Staff (CDS) of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), Lt. General Ousman Bargie, reminded them of the task ahead of them. He challenged them to make sure that they finish their mission peacefully, while reminding them of the need to guide their action as the host country is a Muslim state.

The GAF boss also advised his men to be obedient, always seek permission before leaving their duty premises, and not to move in isolation."Darfur region is peaceful but can be dangerous to walk alone," the CDS said.

While urging his men to work as a team, General Bargie also used the opportunity again to advise them to distance themselves from any act that will taint The Gambia's image."You are well-trained soldiers and I am sure you will not let me down in fulfilling your mission," he further told the departing troops, while wishing them a safe journey to Darfur.

Also speaking at the departure parade, Captain Ida Gai, a female member of the contingent said that she was leaving her family behind for six months and expressed hope that they will come back home peacefully. Captain Kodu Jatta, another female soldier said despite the huge task ahead of them, they will do whatever it takes to fulfill their task and return home safely.

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