Gambia: Attraction after rape declare in opposition to ex-president Jammeh


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Fatou “Toufah” Jallow says she fled The Gambia after she was raped and now lives in Canada

The Gambian authorities has referred to as on all ladies and ladies within the nation to report any sexual violence dedicated by former President Yahya Jammeh.

The enchantment comes after former magnificence queen Fatou “Toufah” Jallow instructed the BBC she had been raped by Mr Jammeh when he was in workplace in 2015.

The BBC has tried, with out success, to contact Mr Jammeh concerning the claims. He lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

A spokesman for his APRC get together denied the accusations.

“We as a celebration and the Gambian individuals are bored with the regular stream of unfounded allegations which have been reported in opposition to our ex-president,” stated Ousman Rambo Jatta, in a written assertion to the BBC.

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“The ex-president has no time to react to lies and smear campaigns. He’s a really respectable God-fearing and pious chief who has nothing however respect for our Gambian ladies,” the deputy APRC chief stated.

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Ms Jallow, 23, instructed the BBC she needed to fulfill Mr Jammeh, 54, in courtroom so he may face justice.

Her testimony is a part of a Human Rights Watch and Trial Worldwide report that particulars one other alleged rape and sexual assault by Mr Jammeh.

What’s the authorities doing concerning the allegations?

Gambian Lawyer Common Abubacar Tambadou issued an announcement praising the braveness of Ms Jallow.

He stated the ex-president abused his place as head of state to the detriment of many Gambians and referred to as the reviews of rape and sexual assault “despicable”.

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Yahya Jammeh dominated The Gambia for 22 years

A fee has now been set as much as examine reviews of human rights violations dedicated throughout Mr Jammeh’s 22 years in workplace.

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Present President Adama Barrow has stated he’ll await the fee’s ultimate report earlier than pursuing requests for Mr Jammeh’s attainable extradition from Equatorial Guinea.

What did Fatou ‘Toufah’ Jallow say?

Ms Jallow stated she was 18 when she met Mr Jammeh after successful a magnificence pageant in 2014 within the capital, Banjul.

Within the months following her coronation, she stated the previous president acted as a father determine after they met, providing her recommendation, items and cash, and in addition arranging for working water to be put in in her household dwelling.

Then at a dinner organised by an aide to the president, she says he requested her to marry him. She refused and rebuffed different enticements from the aide to comply with the provide.

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Ms Jallow stated the aide then insisted she attend a non secular ceremony at State Home in her function as magnificence queen in June 2015. However when she arrived, she was taken to the president’s personal residence.

“It was clear what this was going to be,” she stated, describing Mr Jammeh’s anger at her for rejecting him.

Ms Jallow says he slapped her and injected her in her arm with a needle.

“He rubbed his genitals in my face, pushed me all the way down to my knees, pulled my costume up and sodomised me.”

The younger lady says afterwards she locked herself at dwelling for 3 days after which determined to flee to neighbouring Senegal.

As soon as in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, Ms Jallow sought the help of numerous human rights organisations. Weeks later, she was authorized safety standing and moved to Canada, the place she has been dwelling since.

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