Gambia Affairs' Interview with Dr Chris Hewer

Dr Chris Hewer gives an insightful interview on religion to Gambia Affairs' journalist Sainey Darboe on Christian-Muslim relations.

"Education of the head and of the heart is certainly a key element inpromoting a culture of religious tolerance. People need to be exposed to true followers of both faiths, which is why groups like the Marlborough-Gunjur exchange projects in Britain and The Gambia are crucial contributors. It was common in the 20th century in many parts of Africa that Christians and Muslims lived together as members of the same family and shared the same villages..."

Read Dr Hewer's interview in full Religion - Interview with Dr Chris Hewer - Gambia Affairs.

Occupational Therapist Maryanne Cook in Gunjur

I'd been back in Gunjur one day and it felt like I'd never been away, though my last visit was 3 years ago. My host Manlafi Jammeh and his family have given me a warm welcome to their compound as usual, and 12 days of my 4 weeks have passed in a heart beat. I am very fortunate to be here under the wing of Anita Bew, a well known figure in Gunjur, who is fondly greeted by everyone we meet as we walk around the village.

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Rosie Carter - Reflections on Gunjur January 2014

Having now been to Gunjur twice before, my third visit was very different. From late December I spent a month in Gunjur carrying out research for my Anthropology and International Development theses, part of my degree at the University of Sussex. It was my first trip to Gunjur, where I had worked as a volunteer teacher for three months, which had taken me down this academic route. I then led the summer group in 2012 and have now come full circle, finishing my degree based on research carried out in the village.

The trip was independent from the link, which in itself is- somewhat ironically- a testament to the strength of this connection and the friendships made. It was through my Grandmother that I became involved with MBG and the family friendships have survived to this day. It is a bizarrely brilliant thing to arrive in an unknown village in West Africa to be confronted with photographs of myself as a baby, hear family anecdotes and feel suddenly so comfortable in an otherwise unfamiliar setting.

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