(Issue for Monday 5th August 2019)
families of the 44 Ghanaians who were allegedly killed in 2005 within The
Gambia broke down in tears when a lone survivor in the massacre narrated how
his other colleagues were massacred in cold blood.
The families who are still in grief attended a forum organised by the Jammeh2Justice Ghana Campaign, a civil society coalition which is demanding action against the perpetrators including the former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh.
Martin Kyere, the lone survivor while narrating his ordeal said the 56 West African migrants, including 44 Ghanaians went through excruciating and inhumane treatment meted out to them on the orders of Yahya Jammeh.
The migrants were executed by the ‘junglers’ – a hit-squad trained to kill for the former President Yahya Jammeh, across the Gambian border in Senegalese territory.
He said he dodged bullets fired by gunmen after jumping from a truck that was carrying the detained migrants before the junglers killed his colleagues.
Kyere explained that he joined the campaign for justice after nearly 15 years of the incident to draw the attention of the Ghanaian government and the international community to the murder of the innocent migrants.
Two Gambian soldiers, Lt. Malick Jatta and Corporal Omar A. Jallow recently revealed to Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) that the migrants were executed by the “junglers” on the orders of Jammeh.
Families of the deceased want the government of Ghana to ensure that justice is served to bring closure to the matter. Although the government of Ghana had promised to re-open its investigations into the massacre, the affected families say not much has been done.
One of the bereaved who was in tears said the killing of their relatives who were mostly breadwinners had affected their living.
Additional reporting from Citi Newsroom