Happy hour and drinks are still flowing in the Gambia, the newest Islamic state

It may be the world’s newest Islamic state, but on the Gambia’s beaches it was business as usual. Dreadlocked, muscular young men offered their company to middle-aged female tourists, the sweet scent of marijuana hung on the ocean breeze, bars advertised happy hour cocktails, and bared breasts turned pink in near-equatorial sunshine.

Few of those escaping the cold and damp of a northern European winter appeared to be aware of President Yahya Jammeh’s surprise proclamation last month that the tiny African country he has ruled with an iron grip for more than 20 years would henceforth be known as the Islamic Republic of the Gambia.

  • Exile1981

    When the tourists get beheaded drinking or raped for going topless then maybe they willnotice.

  • mauser 98

    can’t fix stupid

  • Hard Little Machine

    As if being 90% Muslim wasn’t a tip off? That’s 1.6 million out of 1.8 million people there.

  • Alain

    Honestly even putting aside the Muslim threat which is very real, having had to cross through Gambia many times to reach the other part of Senegal I can attest that it was an absolute shit hole with nothing to attract tourists. Can’t believe it has suddenly become some great tourist destination with great hotels and the rest.

  • Rick McGinnis

    Won’t last long. The headchoppers will get their ire up soon enough.