(RIGHT) Ayeshah Jammeh, daughter of Haruna Jammeh, and niece of former Gambian president Jammeh at her home. In 2005 president Jammeh ordered the murder of his brother Haruna after he criticised him for abuse of power. Their sister Marcie was murdered soon afterwards when she questioned his disappearance. In 2019 Omar Jallow one of Jammeh’s hit squad and a close friend of Haruna’s confessed to being part of a team ordered to kill him.
Jallow said “Sanna Manjang our leader jumped on Haruna’s neck, killing him immediately,” Jallow said. They then took his body and dumped it in a well near Kanilai, where they had thrown the bodies of 30 migrants who had been murdered three months earlier. Ayesha said, “My father disappeared when I was 14 years old. My uncle, president Yahya Jammeh broke my family into pieces, he broke so many families into pieces”. (LEFT) Graffiti on the palace gate in former President Jammeh’s village, Kanilai. Despite damning evidence in the TRRC report, Jammeh still maintains a cult status. The palace and surrounding grounds were identified as sites of human rights violations carried out on the instructions of Jammeh.