These pictures were taken yesterday 10th of February 2019 in Tanji, The Gambia. Mountains of Bonga fish are waiting next to the road to be transported and processed by the Golden Lead Factory in Gunjur.
This is happening on a huge scale while the average Gambian goes to bed hungry every night. It’s the sad truth of the ‘New Gambia’. The government and the factories claim they are creating jobs and this should be seen as development.
The hard truth however is that none of these factories are offering a lot of jobs. The working conditions for Gambians are below any standards. While the Chinese employers that are working in the same area are wearing protective clothing.
The few jobs that are generated by the factories are nothing compared to suffering that local villages have to endure. The environmental damage these factories have caused are beyond any ones imagination.
Overfishing caused by foreign fishmeal factories is a huge problem in the food security of The Gambia.
Fishmeal is big business
The price of fishmeal have never been as high in history as it is today. The foreign run factories are making unbelieveble amounts of money. All of the processed fish is exported straight back to China. This fishmeal is used to feed pigs on China’s mega farms.
Fish has become unaffordable for the poorest
Local fishermen rather sell their fish to the Chinese owned factories, instead of the local markets. This is because the fishmeal factories give the fishermen a better price for their fish.
Instead of piles of fish that used to go to local markets, these same piles of fish are now waiting to be picked up to be processed to pig feed. The only source of protein is becoming scarce and has become unaffordable for local people. This will affect the health of Gambians.......
What an eye opener, now we know for certain EXCATLY what product is produced and stored in tose gigantic tanks,I assume that this news has hit the headlines and ALL the Media Radio Stations etc.It will be of great interst to find out what the "powers that be" in Gambia deal with this.
Thanks for posting this Momodou
"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.