December 2, 2021

Gender Activist and Student abducted in The Gambia

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Aminata Manneh, a gender activist and 3rd Year student at the University of The Gambia, also an intern at the American Corner, Banjul, is reported to have been abducted after she was allegedly contacted by National security agents on anonymous mobile numbers and through her Facebook demanding to meet her urgently.

Aminata: parents feared for her life
Aminata: parents fear for her life

She was reported to have left for work on Monday while she came across a Gambian police officer repeatedly beating a young girl of about 10 years of age with a long cane.

Sources said she couldn’t bear it and started taking video of the horrible incident, which she shared with her over 4500 followers on Facebook with the caption: “This is a total child right’s violation. Since when does a traffic police officer have a right to lay a hand of a young schoolgirl? What has become of our authorities?”

The video, according to reports, went viral and attracted lot of comments from people who feel equally shocked with the police officer’s behavior and heartlessness towards a defenseless child.

Jeffrey Smith, an advocacy officer and Human Rights Manager at Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice & human rights in New York twitted:  “Just saw a highly disturbing video of a Gambia police officer beating a young school girl in broad daylight. Sadly not an uncommon episode’’.

According to family sources, they have not seen or heard of Aminata since he disappeared.

Sources said all efforts were made to contact and locate her with no success. The family repeatedly calls her mobile phone, which appears to be completely switched off since the last time they heard from her. The family is very desperate and worried about her whereabouts and do not know where to go in order to locate their daughter

Child abuse in The Gambia
Child abuse in The Gambia

Aminata gained admiration, respect and recognition from across all sectors of the Gambian society due to her gender and human right activism.  The family is appealing to the authorities and everyone who gets any information on Aminata to contact them.

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