Kanilai: The once powerful village in Gambia ‘neglected’

Kanilai is a village in southern Gambia near the border with Senegal. The country’s former President Yahya Jammeh was born in this village which is mostly inhabited by small holder farmers. The village became popular after the 1994 coup that brought Jammeh into power. During the Jammeh regime Kanilai was home to the presidential palace, a wrestling arena, a luxury hotel and a game park and zoo. But life in the village has not been the same since Jammeh lost the December 2016 elections after being in power for 22…

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