April 10 & 11 victim receives gift

Monday, August 26, 2019

After her testimony last week before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), the anonymous witness who claimed she was a rape victim of April 10 and 11 students’ demonstration 2000 recently received a gift from the Women of the Abiding Word Ministry and Pastor Forbes.

She was the first victim of sexual violence/abuse to testify before the commission. Her ordeal at the hands of security personnel when she was still a teenager was one of the precursors to the April 10/11 student protests which resulted in the reported killing of about 14 young people.

Since her testimony last week, many people have hailed her brave decision to come forward and testify despite having gone through something that usually draws stigmatisation from the public. The women of Abiding Word Ministry therefore felt it apt to offer that gesture of support to her. Due to the protection of her physical identity, however, the gift was received on her behalf by her brother Bakary Manneh.

Speaking at the event, deputy chair of the TRRC, Ms. Adelaide Sosseh, thanked the delegation, saying she was not surprised at the kind gesture from the church, considering the immense and tireless contributions to the TRRC that had been coming from Pastor Forbes and his church.

The pastor on his part said that the initiative was by the ladies of the Ministry including his wife. He added that they admired her bravery and would continue to pray for her continued healing.

Receiving the gift on behalf of his sister, Bakary Manneh expressed his profound thanks to the church and the TRRC. He said that he was extremely impressed by the work, professionalism and support shown by the TRRC in dealing with his sister’s case.    

Author: Pa Modou Cham