(LEFT) In 2016 Pa Ousman Njie, a taxi driver was innocently caught up in peaceful protests for electoral reform by opponents of former Gambian President Jammeh near the capital, Banjul. Njie was arrested, tortured, and imprisoned for three months. His taxi was impounded at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) headquarters, where he was tortured.
Njie said, “I was taken downstairs. They covered my eyes and I felt an injection in my back, like a big staple gun, and then I felt something enter my system…burning me inside. I was screaming, shouting, and calling Allah for help. They started to beat me with a piece of hard rubber, kicked me, punched me and I thought...now I am going to be dead”.When he was finally released without charge, he found his taxi had been used during his detention by the NIA. It was returned to him in an unrepairable condition, wrecking his livelihood. Njie is photographed in his destroyed taxi. (RIGHT) A Banjul street next to where Njie was arrested by Jammeh's NIA officers