executive officer of Vision Development Foundation (VDF), Modou Turo Darboe, on
Friday visited the injured victims of the Faraba Banta incident at the Edward
Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul and promised that his foundation
would be ready to offer them any overseas treatment, if required.
Mr. Darboe also promised to immediately foot their medical bills and to support their families as majority of them are their families’ breadwinners.
The Faraba incident sparked a wave of panic in the country which showed a colossal destruction of properties following residents’ clash with personnel of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) in demand for explanation on how a construction company called Julakay Construction acquired licence to engage in sand mining in their community. Three people died in the melee with several others sustaining injuries including PIU officers who were deployed to the scene.
Earlier on Tuesday, President Barrow visited the victims at the hospital and promised that his government would apply the full force of the law to ensure justice and accountability and further assured that such will never be repeated under his watch.
Mr. Darboe told the victims that the Faraba issue was a great concern to President Barrow and encouraged them to let bygones-be-bygones and maintain the peace.
The victims said they have recognised government efforts and that of the president in particular.