(LEFT) Ghanaian, Martin Kyere, photographed in a ‘safe-house’ in Kumasi, Ghana is the sole survivor of the 2005 massacre in the Gambia of over 50 West African migrants, who were trying to get to Europe. When the migrants’ boats got lost and came ashore in the Gambia, former president Yahya Jammeh, fearing that they were coup plotters, had them systematically killed by his hit squad. Martin escaped after jumping from his captor's truck and spent two days in the bush before villagers found and helped him get to safety in neighbouring Senegal.
Martin said, “When one of the soldiers used his cutlass to cut off one Ghanaian's shoulder and the blood was flowing all over the place…I think we realized then, that the soldiers wanted to kill us all.”
(RIGHT) A forested area and beach, popular with tourists near the Gambian village of Brufut, where, in 2005 eight bodies of the West African migrants were found hacked to pieces. Over 50 migrants were killed and dumped in multiple locations.