Stories Behind Doors Gambia - Yundum Army Barracks – helen jones-florio
Stories Behind Doors, Gambia, West Africa - 'Well come to No.4', Yundum Army Barracks, The Gambia - this door, to a Gambian soldiers quarters, overlooks the site on the camp where the bodies of seven murdered soldiers were exhumed. The soldiers were murdered by soldiers loyal to the former president, Yahya Jammeh, for being allegedly part of a counter-coup in November 1994.
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Stories Behind Doors Gambia – Yundum Army Barracks

Image ©Jason Florio - Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia with an iron fist for twenty two years after taking control of the country with a coup in July1994. With Jammeh's exile after electoral defeat in 2016, a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) was set up to look into his regime's abuses. The TRRC along with victims families and local media at Yundum army Barracks where the bodies of seven murdered soldiers were exhumed. The soldiers were murdered by soldiers loyal to Jammeh for being allegedly part of a counter coup in November 1994. Witnesses say eleven soldiers were buried at the barracks, so far only seven have been found. Along with the bone fragments, electrical cables were also found that were used to bind the victims hands. The only clothing found were underwear, corroborating witness testimonies that the men were stripped almost naked before being shot.

Stories Behind Doors Gambia – Yundum Army Barracks

Stories Behind DoorsGambia, West Africa – ‘Well come to No.4‘, Yundum Army Barracks, The Gambia – this door, to a Gambian soldiers quarters, overlooks the site on the camp where the bodies of seven murdered soldiers were exhumed. The soldiers were murdered by soldiers loyal to the former president, Yahya Jammeh, for being allegedly part of a counter-coup in November 1994. Witnesses say eleven soldiers were buried at the barracks, so far only seven have been found. Along with the bone fragments, electrical cables were also found that were used to bind the victims’ hands. The only clothing found were underwear, corroborating witness testimonies that the men were stripped almost naked before being shot.

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Along with the bone fragments, electrical cables were also found that were used to bind the victims’ hands… 

Image ©Jason Florio, families come to mourn the remains of their loved ones, exhumed at Yundum Barracks, Gambia, West Africa
Family members of slain soldiers speak emotionally after viewing exhumed body parts. Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia with an iron fist for twenty-two years after taking control of the country with a coup in July 1994. With Jammeh’s exile after electoral defeat in 2016, a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) was set up to look into his regime’s abuses. The TRRC along with victims families and local media at Yundum army Barracks where the bodies of seven murdered soldiers were exhumed. The soldiers were murdered by soldiers loyal to Jammeh for being allegedly part of a counter-coup in November 1994. Witnesses say eleven soldiers were buried at the barracks, so far only seven have been found. Along with the bone fragments, electrical cables were also found that were used to bind the victims’ hands. The only clothing found were underwear, corroborating witness testimonies that the men were stripped almost naked before being shot.

For more from this series – Stories Behind Doors – by Helen Jones-Florio, follow @doors_facades_florio (#StoriesBehindDoors) / @floriotravels

Header image – Family members, and TRRC members gather around the exhumation site at Yundum Barracks, The Gambia © Jason Florio – see more @jasonflorio/Instagram

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