Gambia: Barrow Recognises Charitable Role of Christian Community in Gambia

President-elect Adama Barrow has recognised the role of Christians in The Gambia, saying the Christian Community’s continuous engagement in charitable acts, alleviating poverty amongst vulnerable groups, and investments in education, health, and agriculture cannot go unnoticed.

In his Christmas message, President-elect Barrow re-echoed his government’s appreciation of the cooperation of the Christian Community, especially during the difficult periods when the COVID restrictions restrained them from holding their special religious feasts.

“The leadership in the various Churches demonstrated commitment during those trying moments, and contributed to the fight against the pandemic.”

“They called on their congregations to abide by the health regulations, even when it was most inconvenient for them.”

“With the emergence of the Omicron variant, I urge all of us to continue to take the health precautions seriously and cooperate to mitigate the spread of the virus.”

“The social and spiritual values that bind us make Christmas a moment of joy for Christians and their non-Christian friends and neighbours. The way we jointly welcome and observe Christmas and maintain our social bonds, despite our religious differences, make us the envy of many multicultural societies.

In many cases across the country, we are connected through inter-marriage, thus further strengthening our blood ties. No wonder the Christian Community continues to adhere to their religious obligations without hindrance from the State or non-Christians.”