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Gambian massacre survivor says bodies reburied in Ghana not those of victims

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A survivor of the massacre of about 44 Ghanaians in The Gambia has cast doubts on the remains of the eight Ghanaians that were reburied at the Osu Cemetery in 2009 claiming they were not the actual remains of the Ghanaians who were killed and buried in a mass grave in The Gambia in 2005.

Martin Kyere, a survivor and spokesperson for the victims’ families of the Gambian massacre based his doubts on the fact that no DNA testing was conducted on the remains that were exhumed from a mass grave in The Gambia in 2009, nearly four years after the mass burial in The Gambia, and reburied at the Osu Cemetery.

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He also said there was a heavy stench around the coffins containing the eight bodies when they were brought to the funeral grounds at the forecourt of the State House, adding the coffins were not opened.

Martin’s comments are contained in an upcoming documentary film titled “The Massacre of Ghanaians in The Gambia: Justice in Limbo?” due to be premiered tomorrow, February 27th, in Accra.

The documentary by the Jammeh2Justice Ghana Campaign, a coalition of civil society organisations examines the true events that occurred before, during and after the murder of the 44 Ghanaians and other West African migrants and was put together following months of field investigations and research undertaken in five West African countries – Senegal, Gambia, Togo, Nigeria and five regions in Ghana.

It is recalled that in July 2005 about 56 West African migrants including about 44 Ghanaians who were using an unapproved route through The Gambia to seek greener pastures in Europe were reportedly killed in The Gambia.

The eight Ghanaians were summarily killed by the Junglers, a paramilitary unit within the Gambian military that takes orders directly from President Yahya Jammeh on the first night, July 23rd, 2005, when they arrived in The Gambia and their bodies dumped by the road near Brufut Ghanatown.

The remaining migrants were shot over several days in Casamance in Senegalese territory. Martin escaped.

Meanwhile, the Ghanaian Member of Parliament for Sagnarigu Constituency, Fuseini Basir Alhassan, has called on the Ghanaian authorities to, as a matter of urgency, re-open an investigation into the massacre.

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