March 30, 2023

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Gambia under Yahya Jammeh: witch hunting, post-traumatic stress disorder and masked faces

  • By Penny Dale
  • Comb podcast

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Fatou Terema Jeng enjoyed seeing her portraits at the “We Are Not Done” exhibition.

For 22 years, the Gambians have lived under the control of former President Yahya Jammeh, whose rule has been marred by allegations of human rights abuses, murders, witch hunts and forced labor – Mr Jammeh has denied any wrongdoing before. Since its tragic election defeat five years ago, the country has struggled to understand its painful history, especially through art.

Fatu Terema Zheng was emotional when he first saw his photos in the museum “The Memory House”. But she does not have the usual frustration and sadness she feels when she thinks of what she says she did to her family during Yahya Jammeh’s rule in the Gambia.

Instead of tears, there was laughter.

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