Tag: Gambia

Women in Gambia Describe Torture After Ex-President Called Them Witches

SINTET, Gambia — Matty Sanyang was at a baby naming ceremony when the soldiers arrived in Sintet, a farming town not far from the West African coast, pulled her neighbors from their homes and announced that the president had made a decision: The people of her village were witches, and they would need to be […]

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Myanmar Genocide Lawsuit Is Filed at United Nations Court

PARIS — An arsenal of international laws has failed to confront the impunity of Myanmar’s government and security forces for their deadly purge of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee a campaign of rape, arson and killing. But on Monday, Gambia filed a lawsuit accusing Myanmar of genocide, summoning the […]

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The ‘Wrong Time’ to Be in Gambia? Maybe Not

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Now Streaming on YouTube: Confessions From a Presidential Hit Squad in Gambia

SEREKUNDA, Gambia — The day Malick Jatta confessed to shooting one of Gambia’s best-known journalists, he wore the camouflage uniform of the armed forces and said the kill order came right from the former president. The testimony was streamed live, and tens of thousands watched. “I’m sorry,” he said. Then he hung his head. Gambia, […]

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Gambian Minister Calls on All Women With Accusations Against Ex-President to Come Forward

DAKAR, Senegal — Gambia’s attorney general on Wednesday called a onetime beauty queen “brave” for coming forward with accusations that the country’s former president raped her, and asked others to speak out if they had similar accusations about events that occurred during his 22-year regime. Fatou Jallow, who won the national beauty pageant in 2014, […]

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A Beauty Queen Accuses Former Gambian President of Rape: ‘I Literally Stumbled Out of There’

DAKAR, Senegal — Five years ago, the president of Gambia crowned 18-year-old Fatou Jallow the winner of the nation’s top beauty pageant with a lecture to her and other contestants: Do not rush to marry, he said, but use the pageant’s scholarship prize to fulfill your dreams. But the president, Yahya Jammeh, soon began summoning […]

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