- Human rights activists would not let up in their efforts to seek justice for families and victims of the 23 July 2005 massacre in The Gambia. As such, a memorial march has been scheduled for the 44 Ghanaians and six African nationals in the Ghanaian capital Accra on 12 March.
Organised by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) in collaboration with several civil, community groups and media organisations, the march aims to remember the victims of the massacre and to raise awareness on the plight of their families who have since been living in a world of immense difficulties and frustrations, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MWFA) said in a press dispatch.
Families of the victims have been disturbed by the Ghanaian government's inability to inform them about the legal remedies it has taken to address the issue.
Marchers start the procession at the offices of CHRI, pass through some principal streets of Accra before finally reaching at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The 44 Ghanaians were alleged to have been arrested along with six other Africans while on their way to Europe by sea through The Gambia.
The victims were executed in cold blood on July 23, 2005, allegedly on the orders of the Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh after they were accused of trying to dislodge the government from power.
The only survivor, Martin Kyere, has since been telling the chilling story to the rest of the world.
"As a member of the Gambian taskforce, an independent coalition seeking to promote respect for human rights in The Gambia, MFWA supports this initiative of the CHRI," the Accra-based media rights watchdog said.
The Gambia's failure to cooperate with investigations into the brutal murders has strained relations its relations with Ghana.
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