Norfolk women Janet Clark and Jane Moore set to return from Gambia

Janet Clark on a previous trip to Gambia. (Picture: Gambian Aid Through Education)

Janet Clark on a previous trip to Gambia. (Picture: Gambian Aid Through Education) - Credit: Gambian Aid Through Education

Two charity workers remain in the country, which is in a state of emergency.

Janet Clark is in Gambia with charity co-worker Jane Moore. (Picture: Gambian Aid Through Education)

Janet Clark is in Gambia with charity co-worker Jane Moore. (Picture: Gambian Aid Through Education) - Credit: Gambian Aid Through Education

A charity founder and her co-worker, both from Norfolk, remain stranded in Gambia today, as the country remains in a state of emergency.

Janet Clark, from Mattishall, is in Gambia on charity business with charity co-worker Jane Moore, from Taverham.

They have been told that they will be able to return home on a flight tomorrow at 3:50pm, arriving in London in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The pair had flown to Gambia to give equipment to schools, as part of the charity- Gambian Aid Through Education's- work.

The charity makes donations of clothes, technology, and school equipment. (Picture: Gambian Aid Thro

The charity makes donations of clothes, technology, and school equipment. (Picture: Gambian Aid Through Education) - Credit: Gambian Aid Through Education


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Since then, tensions have risen since the country's president Yahya Jammeh, has declared a state of emergency in the country to retain his post, despite being elected out.

Mrs Clark and Mrs Moore were told to go to the airport yesterday morning, but were later told to go home having waited there for four hours.

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Mrs Clark has told her husband, Les Clark, about atmosphere within Gambia.

Mr Clark said: 'My wife says the hotel is almost deserted, and that all the other tourists have left. There's only about 30 people there in a hotel that should have 300 or 400.

'The situation there is panic. No one knows what's going to happen.'

Mr Clark, 82, says he's still unsure about what this means for his charity, which he founded with his wife.

Mr Clark, who has been married to Janet for 55 years, said: 'We support five schools in one go, with equipment. football shirts, laptops.

'Depending on what happens we don't know what will happen to the charity, but we don't intend to close it in the near future. We currently sponsor 70 children.

'The people of Gambia are very friendly, my wife and I, or my wife, have been visiting for nearly 15 years now. We first went in 1999.'

Mr Clark, added: 'I'm surprised that the President hasn't stood down, but I know he does have a reputation.'

To learn more about the charity work Mrs Clark and Mrs Moore are working on, visit their facebook page.

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