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April 10th victim calls for help to undergo second operation

Apr 13, 2011, 12:39 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

A victim of April 10 and 11, 2000 students’ demonstration, Abdou Karim Jammeh, has called on Gambians and President Yahya Jammeh in particular to come to his aid.

The Serrekunda resident is seeking support to undergo a second operation on his knee abroad.

“I call on all Gambians both at home and abroad to come to my aid because I need health and education,” he said, crying out: “This day (April 10) has almost made me disabled, it has stopped my education.”

Saying that the day should not be forgotten, Jammeh added that it was a rather unfortunate day.

He further suggests that the day be used as a special holiday in The Gambia for students to remember their colleagues who passed away on the day.

“I personally have forgiven anybody who must have done this to me (my knee problem during the April 10th strike) but I can never forget the day,” he said.

“I am appealing to the Government of The Gambia to consider and compensate us. I know the President of the country is a man of understanding and can reason out and be of help.”

He said further: “We are not enemies of the State; we were just trying to express our feeling.”

He prayed for those who passed away during the incident, that their soul to rest in peace and also prayed for those that sustained injuries in the process to have speedy recoveries.

Mr Jammeh, a former employee of  theAtlantic Hotel (who is yet to be called this year), added: “During my working days at the hotel I met two foreigners (Paul Devo and Adlof Poolman) who facilitated my first operation in Germany and I want to thank them very much but am still appealing to all and sundry to help so that I could go for a second operation.”

Meanwhile, anyone willing to help Abdou Karim Jammeh can contact him on: 7016186.

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