Gambia: 4 victims set to leave for overseas treatment

Four victims of human rights violations who have testified before the truth reconciliation and reparations commission are set to leave for overseas treatment. Abdou Karim Jammeh, Yusupha Mbaye and Oumie Jagne, who suffered gunshot wounds during the students demonstration in April 2000, and Nogoi njie who was arrested and detained as a result of the 2016 protest will leave for Turkey on Monday. The victims will be accompanied by three escorts.
The free medical treatment is offered by the government of Turkey as part of the annual twenty five free medical treatments it grants the Gambia. The Turkish ambassador to the Gambia Ismail Sefa Yuceer, at a presentation ceremony at TRRC, promised Turkey’s continuous support in providing free medical treatments to Gambian annually. He noted that the victims suffered tremendously and says his government considers the support sacred.
The Gambia Ports authority sponsored three air tickets and Papa Yusupha Njie of Unique solutions sponsored two air tickets. The TRRC provided two air tickets and paid the daily sustenance allowances to victims and their escorts.
In her speech, the deputy chair of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations commission, Mrs Adelaide Sosseh, who is also the chairperson of the reparations committee expressed delight at having succeeded in sending the victims for overseas medical treatment, and thanked GPA and Unique solutions for their support. She said the TRRC contribution is from the fifty million dalasi the Gambia government provided for reparations. Mrs Sosseh also acknowledged support giving to victims by Gambians home and abroad and encouraged others to support the victims.
Other speakers included, Dr Babagalleh Jallow, TRRC Executive Secretary, Mr Ousman Jobarteh, Managing Director of the Gambia Ports Authority, and Baba Hydara, Chairman of the board of directors of the victims centre. The ceremony was also attended by TRRC chairman Dr Lamin Sise.

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