Young people show solidarity with Toufah, other rape victims

Friday, July 05, 2019

Hundreds of young Gambians on Thursday joined hands in solidarity with rape victims as well as Fatou Jallow alias Toufah, who claims she was raped by former Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh.

Others chanted, denouncing sexual violence in the country.

The New York Times last week reported rape allegation advanced by Toufah against ex-Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh – an allegation that attracted widespread condemnation within the country. Also, more rape allegations have been leveled against Melville Robertson Robert, an employee of the Foreign Affairs Ministry in recent times.

On Thursday, Gambian youths took to the streets to show solidarity with Toufah and others through a march past along the Kairaba Avenue.

The #IAmToufah protest comes amid sexual violence allegations against former president Yahya Jammeh.

According to Fatu Network, the protesters chanted slogans and carried signs one of which read ‘No Means No’ as they marched from Africell to Westfield on Thursday.

“We just want to show our support, show our utter disgust, show that we condemn rape, [and] show that we will stand against it,” national assembly member for Banjul South Fatoumatta Njie who took part in the protest told The Fatu Network.

Fatou Jallow alias Toufah shocked the country two weeks ago when she claimed in a New York Times interview that former president Jammeh raped her. Days after her claims, the issue of sexual violence made further headlines when three women accused senior Gambia government official Melville Robertson Roberts of sexually assaulting them.

Dr. Ismaila Ceesay who also took part in the protest told The Fatu Network the march is to raise awareness on the issue of sexual violence.

“We have to accept that there is a problem in our society, then we can be able to raise awareness and come up with the proper solutions,” he added.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara