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Canada Gambia: a place of memory for the victims of Yahya Jammeh

02:00  01 december  2021
02:00  01 december  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Devant la Memory House, inaugurée fin octobre 2021 à Banjul (Gmabie). © Charlotte Idrac / RFI in front of the Memory House, inaugurated at the end of October 2021 in Banjul (Gmabie).

six candidates are in the running for the presidential election on this Saturday, December 4th. Among them, the outgoing President Adama Barrow and Oweinou Darboe, opposing "historic" of the former strong man of the country, Yahya Jammeh. Among the stakes: the victims of the old regime, which lasted 22 years. In Banjul, the only place dedicated to them has recently opened last October: "Memory House", the house of memory.

With our special envoy to Banjul, Charlotte Idrac

It is an ocher house, where we go back around portraits of victims and their families. Individual courses told by the Sawyatou Bangura guide. In the center of the main room, objects that belonged to the missing women and men, a piece of identification, a belt, a tie or a hat ...

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"It belonged to Sika Fatajo. It is considered the last victim of the human rights violations of the previous regime. Because when Yahya Jammeh went to exile in January 2017, he disappeared and no one has seen him since.

The Memory House (Memory House) is an initiative of the NGO Aneked, the African network against extra-judicial executions and enforced disappearances.

"It's essentially to remember, and educate youth generations," says Lisa Camara, Advocate Manager and Human Rights. Most young people have known only the Jammeh era. If we forget what happened for 22 years, it will be difficult to prevent this from happening again in the country.

A trial "possible with collective efforts"

five years after Yahya Jammeh's electoral defeat and his departure in Equatorial Guinea, could a trial be organized one day? Lisa Camara believes it: "Yes, absolutely, it's possible, with collective efforts. And that's why we have made up files as in the massacre case of more than fifty migrants in 2005. "

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guests for the inauguration of the Memory House in October, no government representative. had answered present.

According to the Truth, Reconciliation and Repair Commission, between 240 and 250 people died because of the State and its agents between July 1994 and January 2017. The report of the Commission was presented to the outgoing President last week. Adamo Barrow has in principle six months to decide on a suites.

to read also: in the Gambia, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission makes its report on the crimes of the era Jammeh

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