Five April 10 and 11 victims who are still struggling with sustained gunshot injuries, some with bullets still in their bodies, are to be treated in Turkey, the Turkish ambassador said.
Under the Health Cooperation Agreement between the Gambia’s government and Turkey, 25 patients who are not treatable in the country will be sent to Ankara for treatment.
Five among these people are victims of Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh’s regime, who were shot in April 2000 during the student demonstration.
Gambia has seen a brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters that year when soldiers opened fire at students, killing 14 people and leaving many others paralyzed with gunshot wounds.
One of the people, who was supposed to travel to Turkey, Oumie Jagne, still has a bullet in her left hand.
Another victim who would be on the trip, Yusupha Mbaye, has been confined to a wheelchair after he was shot at his neck over a decade and a half ago.
The Turkish ambassador, Ismail Sefa Yuceer, said the patients are those who could not be treated in Gambia.
The request has been made to his embassy through Gambia’s youth ministry’s following the request from the Jammeh victims committee.
The patients will pay their own flight tickets but the treatment will be free in Turkey.
Meanwhile, victims of the former president Jammeh Wednesday launched an organization, Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations to fight for the victims of the dictator.
Maila Touray, the chairperson of the Foundation thanked Ankara for the support to the victims, who were going to receive free treatment in Turkey.
Yuceer, who was in attendance at the launching of the Foundation, assure the victims of Turkey’s support during this transition.