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Survivors To Speak Out In Film On Rape Under Ex-Gambia Leader, Yahya Jammeh

 

Fatou “Toufah” Jallow poses for a portrait in Dakar, Senegal, October 28, 2020.

A former beauty queen who testified she was raped by Gambia’s ex-president Yahya Jammeh is making a documentary to tell the stories of other women sexually abused under the former regime.

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Fatou Jallow, known as Toufah, said the film will feature up to ten women, most of whom testified alongside her at Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), often being shamed and rejected as liars after speaking out publicly.

The 24-year-old captured the tiny West African nation’s attention last year when she told a live-broadcast hearing that she was locked in a room and violently assaulted by Jammeh, whose 22-year-rule ended when he fled into exile in 2017.

Other women said they were raped by security officers and by the former interior minister in public statements to the TRRC, which was set up by current President Adama Barrow to address human rights violations under the previous regime.

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