A public national truth and reconciliation commission in Gambia began hearing testimony from citizens who say were victims of what commission officials are calling “witch hunts” ordered by Yahya Jammeh, the former president who ruled for 22 years before fleeing abroad in 2017 with his fleet of luxury cars. The commission is designed to investigate atrocities perpetrated during his long reign. As president, Mr. Jammeh jailed dissidents, ordered extrajudicial killings and forced AIDS patients to quit their medications and submit to an herbal regimen of his own invention, according to human rights advocates. He also branded some of his citizens as witches, a tactic his critics say was central to his effort to divide his country and consolidate power.
SOURCE: THE NEW YORK TIMES