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TRRC – Martin Kyere, Lone Survivor Of 2005 Massacre To Testify

The only survivor in the massacre of 51 foreign nationals, in The Gambia in 2005, is scheduled to tell his story before the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC). Martin Kyere, a Ghanaian national escaped death in a moving truck conveying the detained migrants meant to be killed in the Fonis by Yahya Jammeh’s squad of hitment, the “Junglers“.

As the sole survivor of the massacre, Martin Kyere’s testimony is set to be one key moment in helping the TRRC commissioners to understand the circumstances surrounding the killings, especially after three former Junglers testified publicly in July 2019, before the Truth seeking commission that they and 12 other Junglers had carried out the killings on Jammeh’s orders.

The massacre is believed to be the largest coordinated killing of civilians by the regime of former president Yahya Jammeh in which about 44 Ghanaians, nine Nigerians, two Togolese, as well as nationals of Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia and Senegal have been killed over several days in July 2005.

Since his escape, Martin Kyere has been organizing the families in Ghana to seek justice for the victims. “I have been fighting for 15 years for truth and for justice for my companions who were killed and I will continue doing so”, he said.

Martin Keyere is due Sunday in The Gambia together with the Executive Director of the Africa Center for International Law and Accountability (ACILA), William Nyarko. ACILA is the epicentre of the Jammeh2Justice Ghana campaign.

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