Woman, 83, Narrates Witch-hunt Ordeals


By Mafugi Ceesay

Jainaba Sonko, an 83-year-old woman from Essau, has told the truth commission that she was forced to drink at least two liters of concoction by Jammeh’s witch hunters in 2009.
She said she was told that Jammeh brought people who could cure illnesses but, to her surprise, when she and her colleagues reached the place, a man dressed in red apparel started smelling their hands.
She said they were then forced into a waiting vehicle and taken to Baba Jobe’s residence in Kololi.

She said three young men then put a plastic bag on her head and forced her to confess.
She said they were detained at Baba Jobe’s compound for three days and were only given food without shower.

She said her colleague, Jonyi Sonko died shortly after drinking the concoction while she still lives with effects of the concoction.
The octogenarian said she lived in stigma for long as some people ran away from her.
“Even my own people in the same compound would often avoid me,” she said.

She blamed former Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh for destroying her life but said Jammeh will suffer for his evil deeds.