Mar 30, 2009, 7:46 AM
Gambia, a charitable organization, yesterday supported five families of the
victims of former President Yahya Jammeh’s regime.
The foundation aims at working with the vulnerable and needy communities across the country, especially children and women.
The Ramadan gift presented to the families at a ceremony held at the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violation saw each family received a cash amount of D2,000.
The gesture also included offering counseling therapy to the five families and would be expanded to other families in the near future.
Yusupha Sanneh, director of EduCare-The Gambia, in his remarks on the occasion, said the organisation operates in three components, such as education, healthcare and skills training.
Mr Sanneh disclosed that one Abdoulie Sanneh, a Gambian based in Southampton, who is a member of the organisation ran a marathon in UK and raise 200 pounds for the victims of the past regime as Ramadan gift.
He urged beneficiaries to pray for Abdoulie Sanneh and other sponsors for their unselfish gesture.
Lamin Jawara, EduCare secretary general extended condolences to the families of the victims while also challenging them to be strong, persistent and faithful as well as continue praying for their departed loved ones.
He also thanked families for accepting their gesture, saying the money cannot make up for their loss but may help some way during the holy month of Ramadan.
Isatou Sowe, head of education at EduCare, thanked the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violation for accommodating families of victims.
She urged families to reconcile their emotions as well as have faith as they could not have their loved ones back.
Dr Amadou Scattred Janneh, a victim of the former regime promised to work with families of the victims to see that justice is done at some point for them.
The families of the victims thanked everyone that has supported them in one way or the other.
The occasion was chaired by Aminata Corea, the defeated PPP national assembly candidate for Latrikunda Sabiji.