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Torture revelations transfix The Gambia


Gambia’s truth commission hearings on the human rights abuses during Yahya Jammeh’s rule have become must-watch viewing.

The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) was formed to establish a “historical record of the nature, causes and extent of violations and abuses of human rights committed during the period July 1994 to January 2017” – a specific period encompassing the 22-year reign of the now-exiled president.

The hearings are broadcast daily on independent TV and radio.

From Mondays to Thursdays, sometimes for five or six hours, everyone who has a TV or radio seems transfixed.

In a bus, taxi or in offices, you regularly hear people ask each other, usually with incredulity: “Did you hear so-and-so’s testimony?”

“I can’t believe Gambians did this to other Gambians,” has become the most commonly heard statement in the country.

What the hearings have revealed, and continue to reveal, is the unpeeling of a layer of barely believable horror, and a rude awakening for the nation – forcing it to see itself in a new and often harsh light.

Read more on the BBC News website: Torture revelations transfix The Gambia


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