witness, who appeared before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations
Commission (TRRC) on Tuesday, has explained how a service officer raped her at
the Independence Stadium in Bakau, during the April 10 & 11 students’
demonstration in 2000.
She explained that when the incident happened, she was in grade seven at Brikama Ba Upper Basic School, aged 15.
“It was during an inter school sports competition that I represented my school as an athlete. The day we arrived at the stadium after eight hours drive; around 8 p.m., as I was going to buy biscuit alone, I met two service officers who held my hands and took me back of the stadium at a very dark place.”
She added that one of the service men left and the other one raped her.
She further explained blood oozed and as she was going back to their camp, she met her teacher who took her to the nearby police station and reported the matter.
“The police officers told us that it was the paramilitaries who did it because they used to be on duties at the Independence Stadium. The police wrote a report and took me to Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital in Banjul, where I was admitted for seven days.”
The witness said after her return to the village and back to school, some investigators came to their school and took her to Banjul with some of her relatives for questioning.
“I was questioned on four occasions and all what they concluded was I lied in my information. I went back but couldn’t complete my education due to shameful emotions.”
She added that her brother helped and took her to the city and enrolled her at a training school. She said after the training, she was taken to the village and got married at an early age.