The Free Internet Cafe for the Blind & Visually Impaired, the first in the whole of Africa, which opens the World Wide Web, making The Gambia a leading light in Africa, with this technology by allowing free and total access to surf the net send and receive emails and for students to enhace their studies with the aid of this pioneering software. No more do they need to rely on a third party to read to them newspapers, magazines, books, letters and world wide information. - Sisawo Jobarteh*

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Also meeting Sisawo Jobarteh, a cousin of Bakary in 1986, who's father had died the year he got born and then in late 1986 he became an orphan when his mother also died, I tried to help him with his schooling and after an other year became his legal guardian. He came to England in 1988 and went to school in Tiptree, Essex

 In 1991 Sisawo Jobarteh went on holiday to Sweden, to visit his old school pal, from his school days in The Gambia. On his return he was refused entry in the United Kingdom and was accused of falsifying his passport.

This was the start of a long legal battle with the British Home Office. I managed to get him into Holland, my home country, and with one of Holland's top lawyers we took the case to the European courts in Strasbourg and Luxemburg. Hundred of letters where send to all important people, asking for help

 Tremendous help from the head of Thurstable School where "Sis" (as he was called in Europe) was for two years

Even the Queen was asked for help, but it was the media and especially the team from BBC Look East TV, who really got the publicity that was needed.

"it's so good to be back", that were the headlines on the front page of the Evening Gazette. BBC TV went to Holland especially to record the return of Sisawo Jobarteh, who spend 7 months in a school in Holland.

re: Sisawo Jobarteh

This boy, a Gambian whose guardian under Gambian law is Mr. S. Wezel of Tiptree, has lived here at Mr. Wezel's expense for two years. In that time, with the knowledge of the Essex Education Authority, he has attended this school. During this period, he made several visits abroad and on each occasion until the last, in August 1991, returned without difficulty. The last time, he was refused entry at Stansted Airport. The subsequent history is complicated and known in detail by your Minister. He is now on a temporary visa in Holland.

I write to you now, because Sisawo is one of my pupils. He had begun, his G.C.S.E. work, and although the school is attempting to maintain contact, he obviously is not making the progress he should. Sisawo has neither parent living, and is totally dependent on his guardian, who intends to give him care and support until he is old enough to manage his own life in his own country. It is an unthinking cruelty to a child in his position to deny.

him proper guardianship under the law and an education, and I ask you to intervene personally in this matter so that Sisawo may pick up his disrupted education at the earliest possible moment.

Yours sincerely,.

Head. Thurstable School

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