A new bridge spanning the River Gambia is set to revolutionize travel and trade in the region. The 1.2 mile Senegambia bridge near Farafenni links the two halves of The Gambia, as well as allowing people from the north of Senegal to reach the southern Senegalese province of Casamance with ease. Up until now, people have had to use an unreliable ferry crossing or take the long route round The Gambia.
Three women have accused Gambia’s ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, of carrying out a series of rapes and sexual assaults while in power, according to Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International, a group that advocates for crime victims. The accusations first came to light Tuesday in a New York Times interview with one of the former president’s alleged victims. Jammeh has not responded to efforts to reach him.