• Thu. Aug 4th, 2022

Why families of victims of 2005 Gambian killings to wait longer for compensations

Families of the 44 Ghanaians killed in migrant homicides in The Gambia in 2005 may have to wait a long time for compensation, according to authorities, who believe it is becoming more difficult to correctly identify the Ghanaian victims.

According to asaaseradio.com, the Gambian Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) claims that this is slowing down the process.

“It’s a bit problematic because the 44 Ghanaians haven’t been fully recognized yet.”

“At the moment, only a few of them have been identified. We don’t know their families yet, so we just know a few of them and their families because one of them fled on that day and came to the TRRC to testify, which is Martin Kyere and Eric Yaw. “They were able to identify some persons, but we are unable to say that this is the person who was executed in The Gambia,” TRRC attorney Mariama Singhateh said.

In the interim, she said, the Gambian government and the Attorney General of Gambia have been advised to conduct more inquiries into the issue because it is a complicated investigation.

“There was a joint investigation into this issue when the incident first occurred, but it didn’t go very far.” Given the various nationalities involved, we require assistance in identifying those nationalities, as well as the fact that we were unable to determine the spot where these persons were buried because most of the junglers who testified were unable to bring us there,” she explained.

Mariama Singhateh requested participation and assistance in order to put this problem to a conclusion.

“We don’t have the expertise to look into it further to see if they were indeed buried.” That is why we require further assistance,” she explained.

In The Gambia on July 23, 2005, 44 Ghanaians were slain or went missing.

These people were not Gambians, but were on their way to Europe by boat with other West Africans, mostly from Nigeria and Senegal.

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