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Author calls for support of Jammeh’s victims

Aug 8, 2017, 12:14 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Yusupha Jaiteh, a native of Manjai Kunda, has called for support to victims of former President Yahya Jammeh and his bandits.

“Jammeh’s rule has ended but he left his victims here who should not be forgotten,” said Mr Jaiteh, who wrote a book in French on victims of Jammeh while he was in exile in Senegal in 2013.

The book is about the brutalities of the regime of Yahya Jammeh and the author said there are plans to translate it into English and possibly Arabic.

The English equivalent of the book title is: ‘To know Yahya Jammeh’ and the author said 50 per cent of the proceeds of the book sale will be donated to Jammeh’s victims.

Mr Jaiteh said people should not leave the issue of support to the victims only in the hands of the government and the diaspora.

“As citizens we should find ways out to support these victims including those that require overseas treatment, those that lost their parents and all those who fall victim,” he said.

The author said he returned to The Gambia from exile on 18 May 2017 with the idea of supporting victims, when he heard of another Gambian by the name Alagie Suntu Touray in the UK with similar interest.

Mr Jaiteh said that before leaving for exile, he left one of his friends, a victim of Jammeh’s atrocities, begging on the streets to undergo overseas medical treatment.

“I find the person still begging, which is very sad,” he said, while calling on people to join hands in solidarity and support of the victims.

He thanked the government of President Adama Barrow for their commitment and vision.