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Victims of Jammeh Remember the Past in Pictures

Several victims had gathered at a photo exhibition on Friday to remember the atrocities meted out to them or their loved ones during the 22-year dictatorship regime of ex-iron fist ruler, Yahya Jammeh. 

The portraits of tortured, maimed, disappeared and slain personalities were pasted on the walls at the National Museum in Banjul. 

The African Network Against Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances (ANEKED) worked in partnership with Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio to bring together ‘Duty to Remember’. They were supported by the International Sites of Conscience, the National Centre for Arts and Culture and the British High Commission.

According to the officials, the exhibition is open to all, but it would be also great to have students visit the exhibition to learn about past events to ensure that they never happen again.

Photographer and journalist, Jason Florio, has documented the human rights abuses in pictures.

Jason Florio

“Gambia is going through a transitional justice process and a very important element of transitional justice often for government is memorization” said Nana-Jo Ndow, founder and executive director ANEKED.

She said they have a duty to collect the stories to remind people of the injustices that took place.

“But also, to ensure that nobody comes after and try to change history, trying to tell another story.”

Sira Ndow, Country Rep. for African Network Against Extra Judicial Killing and Enforced Disappearances, said the ‘Duty to Remember’ is a pilot in the transitional justice process to make sure truth, justice and reparation happen.

“We can’t just have one or two things going on. There also supposed to be investigation, prosecution, events especially with hashtag ‘NeverAgain’.”

Muhammed Sandeng, son of the late Ebrima Solo Sandeng who was tortured to death by Jammeh’s killer squad in 2016 following a peaceful protest, said this would go a long way to heal their pain and defining political events and happenings in the country. 

“As victims, we do not only sit and cry and be bystanders, but also be part of the process of our own healing and reintegration after all the traumatic moments we’ve went through.” 

The exhibition would be open to the public until March 24th at the National Centre for Arts and Culture.

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