In 2005, some 59 West African migrants were murdered in the Gambia. The migrants were hoping to reach Senegal enroute to Europe through the Mediterranean.
The truth of what actually happened only emerged after ex-leader Yahya Jammeh left office.
Since his exit from power in 2017, he has been implicated by some of his former soldiers, who said he ordered the killings.
Two Gambian soldiers who worked for Jammeh’s hit squad in 2019 admitted to participating on Jammeh’s orders in the 2005 execution of the 59 West African migrants, including 44 Ghanaians.
Lieutenant Malick Jatta and Corporal Omar A. Jallow revealed to Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) that the migrants were executed by the “Junglers” squad across the Gambian border in Senegalese territory.
“We were told they were mercenaries,” Jatta said.
He confessed to have shot and killed one of the migrants.
“I heard people shouting in the forest saying ‘save us Jesus,’” Jatta said.
Jallow also told the TRRC that Lt Col Solo Bojang, the leader of the operation, told the men that “the order from Yahya Jammeh is that they are all to be executed.”