Gambia Truth Commission Opens on 2005 Migrant Massacre

The 2005 massacre of more than 50 West African migrants was the largest loss of life during the rule of former president Yahya Jammeh. About forty-four Ghanaians, nine Nigerians, two Togolese, and nationals of Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia and Senegal are believed to have been killed over several days in July of that year. Among those scheduled to testify is Martin Kyere of Ghana, the sole known survivor. Previous official attempts to investigate the massacre have been stymied or flawed. Shirely Ayorkor Botchway, the Ghanaian minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, earlier told the Ghanaian Parliament the government was willing to support investigations. This followed calls made by families of the 44 Ghanaian victims asking for compensation.

For over a year, TRIAL International and Human Rights Watch interviewed eyewitness sources regarding the events of 2005 in the Gambia. This is what we discovered...

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