A month after the violent land dispute between the communities of Berending and Gunjur, which led to the death of Buba Jammeh and four others hospitalised, normalcy has been slowly but steadily returning to the area. Many locals hailed the deployment of personnel of The Gam By Yusupha Jobe bia Armed Forces and the ECOMIG shortly after the deadly clash. With the current situation, residents of both communities could now go about their daily routines without hindrance.
Simon A. Mendy, a secondary school teacher at Gunjur and resident of Berending told The Point that the deployment of security personnel in the area has helped bring calm and peace in the area.
Mendy indicated that he gives lessons to the students who are currently preparing for their final grade 9 examinations.
“We are happy that the situation has now improved greatly. As you can see, students from both villages are going about their schooling without any hindrance along the way. It could have been difficult to go to school without the presence of the security forces. But we thank God that normalcy is slowly returning to the area,” he added.
Fatoumatta Manjang is a grade 12 student from Gunjur village. For her, peace is integral in any community, adding that they as students are now able to visit their teachers at Berending village without having any fear of harassment.
“We are just from visiting our teacher at Berending who was sick for days now. So we are happy that the situation has been brought under control,” she said.
A street vendor, Amie Saidy, acknowledged that she has been going about her daily business since, adding that even taxis and other cars have since started operations between the two villages.
“Before, my child stopped going to school but now she is attending her normal classes,”