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Young women in burka now a common sight in The Gambia

Beer is still brewing in the world’s newest Islamic State, The Gambia, but there’s an emerging trend of young women embracing burka – full veil.

What was a rare sight in the streets of the country is now a common sight in an environment where, ironically, indecent dress code of young girls has reached unacceptable levels.

Burka is taking strong roots at a time some West African countries are considering whether or not to ban it.

In December 2015, leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) revealed plans to place a ban on the full veil. This was revealed during the 48th ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government held in Abuja, Nigeria.

Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, President of the ECOWAS commission, explained that certain clothes make identification difficult and hinder useful action aimed at protecting lives and property.

Cameroon, Chad and Niger have already enforced this proposed ban in their countries, but The Gambia is not likely to follow in their footsteps. The country is the newest Islamic State in the world.

Looking at the state of affairs, a person visiting The Gambia for the first time would wrongly conclude that the country has finally introduced the Sharia Law. 

 

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