The Gambia

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Women carrying babies and grass in wetland of The Gambia








Country The Gambia
Continent Africa
Capital Banjul
Population 2,010,000
Language English(official), Mandinka, Wolof, Fula
Religion Muslim 96%, Christian 4%
Terrain Flood plain of The Gambia River flanked by some low hills
Sports Soccer is the dominant sport
Animals Aardvarks, hyenas, Nile crocodiles, warthogs, bottlenose dolphins
Facts of Interest Smallest country in Africa; completely surrounded by Senegal except short Atlantic Ocean coastline of about 50 miles

60% of the population is under 25

Literacy Rate 56%

Main crop-peanuts

Tourism and funds sent home by Gambians living abroad are important sources of foreign exchange

Concerns Deforestation, drought

Corruption and poor governance (newly elected president Adam Barrow cause for optimism)

HIV/AIDS, malaria, diarrhea, typhoid

60% of people live below poverty level

sex trafficking

Mission Several missionary groups are active in Gambia among them: Association of Baptists for Worldwide Evangelism (ABWE), Catholic Relief Services, Anglican Mission Development Ministries (AMDM),
Sources BBC, CIA, Top end sports,, Africacom