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World at a Glance: Tendaba airport terminal 3

I was on my way from Banjul to the bush camp at Tendaba in a 4×4, a brutally long trip in scorching heat, when we stopped at Tendaba Airport to stretch our legs. The little airport didn’t get much use back then, although the occasional aircraft did use the landing strip; carrying the president and other […]

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World at a Glance: Kunta Kinteh Island

Many years ago, I was sailing on the River Gambia, and stopped here at what was then known as James Island. The tiny, yet important, island was renamed Kunta Kinteh Island in 2011. The River Gambia gave Europeans access to Africa’s mysterious interior. Many were the explorers and traders who sailed up this mighty river; […]

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In retrospect: Border crossing in Africa

Crossing borders in Africa can be difficult, next to impossible – or easy as pie. Senegal was in the latter category. Back in 1996, at least. I spent a bit of time in The Gambia that year, and enjoyed it. It was an easy place to be. One day, I met a group of fellow […]

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