EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: A 52-year-old man from Sintet Fula Kunda, in West Coast Region’s Foni Jarrol District, Monday morning testified before the TRRC in its second-leg of community public hearing on former President Yahya Jammeh’s 2009 witch-hunting exercise in Sibanorr, where he explained how his father and other relatives were abducted by the witch-doctors and taken to Kanilai and forced to drink a concoction.
Ali Jallow, known as Foday, said in March 2009, the witch-hunters came and surrounded their village and started abducting people including his father, brother’s wife and grandmother.
In 2009, the exiled ex-president Jammeh used to mix herbs to produce the substance which he forcefully administer on people he suspected as either witches or wizards in different communities across the country.
Mr Jallow said the witch-hunters who were wearing red clothes and hats, with jujus and cow tales, went to his compound and found him sitting under the mango tree and captured his father.
“He found my dad performing ablution and he asked me where my dad came from. I told him he came from his house. He then signaled to the police officer to capture my father. I attempted to stop them, but the police officer told me to take it easy because they are not doing this out of their own will,” he added.
Mr Jallow told the commissioners that he saw 10 to 15 people captured and placed under the veranda, including his grandmother, saying he witnessed the abduction of thirty people from the village and taken to the health centre. He said at the health centre, he saw the witch-hunters slaughtering a goat which was taken to Kanilai.
“My father was among those who were given the concoction and when I asked where he was, I was told that they were told not to reveal what happened to them. But I told him we were only two there and I won’t tell anyone. He told me my father fainted when he drank the concoction and was in a bad condition.”
He said the second badge also came home but his father was nowhere to be seen and that was when he went to Kanilai to pick his father. “All those who drank the medicine went mad including my father because that is what he told me,” he stated.
Story written by Juldeh Njie