Vorwurf der Vergewaltigung der Schönheitskönigin gegen den zerlumpten Gambia-Präsidenten löst #MeToo-Bewegung aus

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Vorwurf der Vergewaltigung der Schönheitskönigin gegen den zerlumpten Gambia-Präsidenten löst #MeToo-Bewegung aus

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Fatou “Toufah” Jallow says she was raped by inclined Gambian president Yahya Jammeh. She now lives in Canada nonetheless returned dwelling to testify before the nation’s Reality Fee. 2019 Human Rights Seek for cowl caption

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Fatou “Toufah” Jallow says she was raped by inclined Gambian president Yahya Jammeh. She now lives in Canada nonetheless returned dwelling to testify before the nation’s Reality Fee.

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It appeared love a fairy legend. On the age of 18, Fatou Jallow received a class competitors backed by the Gambian president and dawdle by the Ministry of Coaching’s Gender Division. She was showered with presents—apparel, money, furnishings for her mom or father’s dwelling, even a model latest iPhone. She was invited to public events with president Yahya Jammeh — and to fulfill with him privately at his place aside. A unlit govt Jeep would salvage her up from her dwelling, which did not have working water, and salvage her to the presidential palace. Probably the most indispensable prize for a hit the class competitors was presupposed to be a scholarship to gape overseas.

As a change, Jallow says, she acquired raped by president Jammeh.

In testimony closing week before Gambia’s Reality Reconciliation and Reparations Fee, Jallow described how govt officers groomed youthful women and women to be sexually assaulted by the chief.

Yahya Jammeh got here to power in Gambia in a coup in 1994. The 29-yr-primitive navy officer grew into one in every of Africa’s most ruthless and eccentric rulers. At one stage he counseled the BBC he would rule Gambia for a “billion years.” He was voted out of instruct of enterprise in December of 2016 and fled into exile a few weeks later. As he left one in every of many poorest international locations inside the realm, he allegedly took his custom-made Rolls Royce with him, together with a few considerably a few luxurious automobiles.

The Reality, Reconciliation and Reparations Fee was established closing yr to analyze alleged human rights violations dedicated all of the map by which by way of Jammeh’s 22 yr rule. Jammeh now lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea, and hasn’t publicly replied to Jallow’s accusations of rape since she first made them in a press convention in June. Supporters from Jammeh’s political celebration in Gambia denounce the allegations as fraudulent. A number of witnesses, then some other time, have testified before the Reality Fee about considerably a few sexual abuse by Jammeh and the map by which officers on the Train Dwelling recruited “protocol women” and international prostitutes to have intercourse with the president.

“He held onto my fingers proper right here after which he dragged me,” Jallow testified closing week to the Reality Fee about a night when she had been summoned to the presidential palace for a Ramadan celebration. She’d been left prepared on my own in a room on the Train Dwelling. Then, all immediately, President Jammeh entered.

“His eyes had been very crimson and that bowled over me,” she counseled the price. “I greeted him and he did not reply.”

Weeks earlier, after getting off the cell phone alongside together with his spouse, Jammeh had requested Jallow to marry him. Polygamy is frequent in Gambia. Jallow did not know if the president was joking nonetheless she rejected his present.

Fatou Ellika Muloshi, a reporter and anchor with Gambia Radio and Television Companies, says Jallow’s rape accusations in opposition to the inclined president opened up a nationwide dialog about sexual abuse inside the nation. Samantha Reinders for NPR cowl caption

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Fatou Ellika Muloshi, a reporter and anchor with Gambia Radio and Television Companies, says Jallow’s rape accusations in opposition to the inclined president opened up a nationwide dialog about sexual abuse inside the nation.

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Now she was on my own with him. He was indignant. His eyes had been crimson. Jallow testified that the events of that night are jumbled in her reminiscence nonetheless she remembers him asserting, “Who enact you watched you can be? And that he is the president and that he will get any woman that he needs.”

She says he shoved her in to a bed room after which locked the door inside the attend of him.

“It was white inside the room… the sofa, the pillows, the mattress, the ceiling,” she recalled, slowly wiping on the corners of her eyes.

“He acknowledged let’s discover in case you can be a virgin. And categorical to God I used to be bowled over.”

She says she pleaded with him not to rape her nonetheless she testified in graphic element that he did.

“As all of that is occurring I’m listening to the Qur’anic recitations inside the background,” she says of the Ramadan celebration occurring on the compound all of the map by which by way of the assault. Imams had been preaching over loudspeakers. “I can also hear it loud and particular, and so can also he.”

She testified that he additionally injected her with some unknown substance and sodomized her.

“Yahya Jammeh did not favor intercourse with me or pleasure with me,” she says. “What he desired to enact was to afflict me. What he desired to enact was to coach me a lesson.”

Gambia is a ravishing conservative nation. Most Gambians are Muslim. Native activists expose there may be been little or no public dialogue about rape or public assault. Jallow’s allegations sparked a #MeToo movement inside the nation that has since engulfed considerably a few govt officers along with a deputy secretary inside the ministry of international affairs. Human Rights Seek for says Jallow’s mistreatment was share of a sample of abuse by Jammeh.

Madi Jobarteh, a educated-democracy activist who’s be fervent with native building teams in Gambia or many years, says Jallow’s press convention this summer time was gleaming.

Activist Madi Jobarteh says it took wonderful braveness for Jallow to debate publicly about being raped in a rustic that does not are wanting to confess that sexual assault is a anguish. Samantha Reinders for NPR cowl caption

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“I name it a revolution,” Jobarteh says. “It was completely audacious on her share and explosive for all of us.”

He says before Jallow, Gambian women merely did not fabricate such statements.

“Gambia is a extraordinarily patriarchal society. Women are severely suppressed, marginalized. So the discover of a lady, or not it is miles by no means one thing that carries considerably so a whole lot of weight.”

Jallow is in whole is well-known as Toufah. After her press convention, there had been protests inside the Gambian capital to boost Jallow and social media inside the nation lit up with #IamToufah.

Mainuna Jahatta, who works in a lab doing evaluation on malaria says the #IamToufah advertising marketing campaign this summer time was a watershed second in her nation.

Mainura Jahatta, a 26 yr primitive medical researcher inside the Gambian capital, says Jallow aka Toufah is an inspiration to considerably a few youthful women in her nation. Samantha Reinders for NPR cowl caption

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Mainura Jahatta, a 26 yr primitive medical researcher inside the Gambian capital, says Jallow aka Toufah is an inspiration to considerably a few youthful women in her nation.

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“I’m 26 now nonetheless I’ve by no means seen this occurring on our Gambian social media the place aside women will almost definitely be talking up in opposition to who did this to them. Her [Jallow] talking out has positively modified the narrative proper right here.”

She says she even not too way back had a dialog alongside together with her youthful sister, who’s 15, about Jallow.

“I acknowledged, if any particular person does the remainder that is faulty, you can also should notify me or notify my mom or notify dad. So or not it is introduced up considerably so a whole lot of dialog inside the family. Of us certainly really feel further free now to debate up in opposition to sexual violence and abuse.”

She says she even makes some extent when she’s out in public of asking strangers in the event that they’ve heard that “dreadful narrative about Toufah.” Jahatta says the responses shock her. “I used to be merely in a taxi and he acknowledged ‘If this roughly factor will need to have took instruct to my daughter I would like her to merely about me and search the recommendation of with me.’ So or not it has been mentioning considerably so a whole lot of conversations and throughout all monetary backgrounds.”

And now that the dialog has began, she says it is miles by no means going to cease.

“We’re prepared for alternate,” she says. “And women are executed being straightforward about this injustice that is occurring throughout the instruct. So there isn’t a going attend.”

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