‘We Moved Our Children From America To Protect Our Most Precious Jewels’
Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Harmony G.

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Harmony G.

‘We Moved Our Children From America To Protect Our Most Precious Jewels’

Africa , black expat , living abroad , The Gambia
Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Feb 2, 2021

Spring 2020 was a pivotal moment for Harmony and her family. They decided to leave the United States for good following the deaths of unarmed Black men and women in the United States, at the hands of police officers.

“We have always envisioned ourselves moving abroad, but we initially wanted to wait until our oldest children were sophomores in college,” she told Travel Noire. “However, during the spring of 2020, those plans jumped into the fast lane. The execution of George Floyd prompted us as parents to protect our most precious possessions at all cost. It was time for us to leave America, her dream was a nightmare for us.” 

The family of seven now resides in the African country of The Gambia where Harmony says it is a much happier place. During an interview with us, she discusses more about her move and offers advice for others considering relocating.

Travel Noire: How did you all decide on The Gambia?

Harmony: We are not exactly sure how we both settled on the Gambia. We knew we wanted to go somewhere that English was the primary language, the people are inviting, and there was an opportunity for growth.

In a way, it is “under construction.” Health care and peace of mind were reasons that forced our hands as well. It’s the smiling coast, and it is not just a saying, we have really made some great connections here in The Gambia.

Travel Noire: What is the best part about living abroad so far?

Harmony: We haven’t been here long, but so far, the weather has been perfect as we came from a cold state and having new experiences every day, i.e., seeing stars and constellations that we have never seen before.

Travel Noire: What’s the goal for you and your family in The Gambia?

Harmony: Very simply the goal is to live a life free of mental anguish and the daily stress of getting and keeping stuff. We have a business that will open in the summer. I don’t want to say too much, but we have a plan to create jobs and add to the local economy. 

Travel Noire: What advice would you give our readers considering a “Blaxit” to live abroad?

Harmony: Follow your heart, research, and trust your decision. Moving abroad is not for the faint at heart. It is work, and you will need to plan and strategize. You may not have support from your friends and family, make up in your mind to drown out all negativity about what you want for your life. Last but not least, don’t compare your new home to America. It’s NOT! Remember you left for a reason, maybe many reasons, embrace your new home let it heal you.

You can follow more of the family’s journey here.

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