Gunjur Diary February 2014 - by Anna Quarendon, MBG Chair

1As I left the office to go away for ten days, the usual questions of "Where are you going?" and "How long are you away for?" were followed up with the equally familiar "And what do you actually DO when you're there?" And so on this, my fourth visit to The Gambia, I thought I would tell those of you who are interested, how my time there was spent. Though each visit shares similarities, each one is different; what you are doing, why you are doing it, who you are doing it with.

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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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