Tuesday, May 28, 2024

On the Urgency of our Situation and the Need for Inspired Action: Letter to our Frontline Workers

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Dear Gambian Frontline Worker,

I salute you with utmost respect and the deepest empathy, bearing in mind that you may just be one of the most hardworking health workers in the world right now. Yet you are certainly the lowest paid and the worst looked after COVID-fighter the world over.

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Yet I implore you to take heart, reinforce your resolve and give it your all in this fight against the coronavirus pandemic. I know that your government has failed you and disparaged your image in front of the whole world. Certainly, you do not feel the presence of your President and you are disappointed at his ominous silence in this most trying of all times in the evolution of our health care system.

Despite the foregoing constraints and genuine concerns, I am appealing to you to keep up the good work you are doing and to work even harder in solidarity with your colleagues at the frontlines.

Your government may not reward or commend you the way you deserve, but your service is not for them. Please respond to the biblical injunction as taught in Galatians, 6: 9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” 

Verily, the Bible teaches us some great wisdom in Colossians as well “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” It shall be well, inshaa Allah.

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You are serving your own brothers and sisters and your service will never go unrewarded in the higher realms of our spiritual reality. Truly the Quran is right as clearly asserted in verse 115 of Surah Hud, “And be steadfast in patience; for verily Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good.”

In parting, I solemnly implore you to remain focused on your job and to always remember that those nations that surmounted dangerous crises and rose to greatness, did so on the back of painful and costly sacrifice by their own sons and daughters.

You have the goodwill and prayers of all patriotic Gambians. On their behalf I share below some verses of solidarity and encouragement:


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Go get this COVID virus

Snuff it out in a rush

Keep shooting and do not relent 

Yours is the effort to treat the patient 

The healing magic is God’s providence 

In your effort is our succour

We live today in hope we pray

Tomorrow is not in our sway

But God does bless the work of the prey

Keep it going be strong I pray 

Take the spirit of the Kenyan women

Whose symbol manifested in Parliament 

Wangari Maathai saved a generation

The Greenbelt Movement holds her in veneration

Every nation needs heroes for salvation 

In this situation we seek your intervention.  

God bless you all ?

Momodou Sabally

Former S.G and Head of the Civil Service 

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