Can Gambia’s #MeToo Movement Help Bring Yahya Jammeh to Justice?

Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters, in New York, Sept. 25, 2014 (AP photo by Frank Franklin II).
Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters, in New York, Sept. 25, 2014 (AP photo by Frank Franklin II).

It had long been an open secret in Gambia that former President Yahya Jammeh hand-picked young women to work in his office as so-called protocol girls whom he harassed and abused. That changed last month when Fatou Jallow, a former beauty queen known in Gambia as Toufah, became the first person to publicly accuse the exiled dictator of rape. Her testimony, told to investigators from Human Rights Watch and Trial International, has sparked an overdue reckoning in Gambia, where women have begun sharing stories of sexual assault on social media with the hashtag #IAmToufah. Last week, more than 200 young […]

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