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How a young woman led the campaign for an Ebola-free Gambia
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How a young woman led the campaign for an Ebola-free Gambia

When the Ebola virus started spreading in West Africa last year, a group of young Gambians came together with one thing on their minds: How to keep the country Ebola-free.

They created a group called Gambia Ebola-Free. According to them, there was a pressing need for immediate action to arrest the possible spread of the virus into The Gambia by raising the awareness of the population on the disease, how it is spread and how to avoid being infected.

The group was led by a young woman called Fatou L Njie, fondly known as Olof Njie. She is a law student at the University of The Gambia.

Whoever said that a woman cannot be beautiful and smart at the same time is mistaken. Fatou put a lot of vigour into the Ebola-Free campaign. Together with her team, they travelled the length and breadth of the country sensitising Gambians about the virus that killed hundreds of people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

What’s On-Gambia’s editor, Alieu met Fatou during a visit at the University of The Gambia. According to him, she is a woman with courage. Just by chatting with her you would know how much she loves her country.

“During our chat I noticed she is a smart girl with a witty sense of humour,” said Alieu.

One of Fatou’s colleagues at the University of The Gambia described her as a tireless activist. He said: “She’s amazing. Pretty lovely smile, great figure and she got swag. Too beautiful to be a Wollof.”

The UTG law student is a member of various youth organisations.

 

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