The Gambian community in Norway is mourning the sudden demise in a fatal car accident of two women yesterday Wednesday 10th December 2014. Amie Joof and Yandeh Njie 55 and 49 years of age respectively met their untimely death in an automobile accident in Sweden. Many people woke up to the devastating news this morning and their reactions on social media were that of shock, sorrow and disbelieve at what happened. They were hailed by many as women of very outstanding personalities. The Chairman of the Gambian Association in Norway Mr. Omar Drammeh described them as formidable and phenomenal ladies. In a message posted on the Gambian Associations Facebook page Drammeh said “Both Amie and Yandeh were prominent figures in our community, giant pillars who selflessly served our community, worked and supported both the Gambian mosque and the Gambian Association committee through thick and thin for as long as I can remember; two decades and more! Heroines have fallen and our hearts are bleeding.”
Messages of condolence were pouring in from different directions in the Oslo Gambian community. Ndey Jobarteh described the fallen ladies as people who have been very central in the functioning of the mosque in Oslo. “Amie Joof has left a hole in me, a hole that am still struggling to accept that is there. A hole that I am afraid to look at! I saw you all over last night but if you are reading this Amie Joof, you have left me with so many questions than answers. I know that God decide but I still have questions Why you? Why now? Why so quick? Why when we need you so much? How can you be killed in the day of the Nobel Award when the issues that you love so much , that you fought for so much is getting the world attention that is children rights!” touchingly exclaimed Ndey. Neneh Bojang also described them as very influential women in the Gambia community and express sincere condolence to their close relatives and the entire Gambian community.
Ebrima Saye described this day of mourning as the day when the ink jar went dry and quoted a verse of the Qur’an which reads “Allah takes souls at the time of their death and [the souls] of those that do not die during their sleep. He retains those souls for which He has ordained death, whereas He releases the rest for an appointed term.” [Al-Qur’an 39:42]. A member of our editorial team based in Oslo said “I went to bed with this devastating news last night. I saw Aunty Amie at the Masjid last Friday and even took a bite of fish pie prepared by her. Death always come as a surprise. They are good women with very amazing personalities. May Allah shower mercy on their gentle souls and grant them the highest Jannat!”
We at Kibaaro would like to express our sincere condolence to the immediate families of the fallen women. Our condolence goes to Awa Fofona Green, Hasan Njie and the entire Gambian Community in Oslo and the around the world. We pray that the Almighty God welcome to His mercy these ladies who lived a life of selfless sacrifice to humanity. May the most merciful forgive them all their faults and admit them in everlasting bliss.