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watching. witness documentaries that open your eyes at this time on al-jazeera. ben jules international airport january two thousand and seventeen stepping out of the black limousine is going to be as longtime president. as he walks down the tarmac on the presidential red carpet for the last time a small crowd of supporters gather unable to hold back their emotions. after twenty two years in power the man who said he would rule gambia for billions
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of years is now leaving the country forced into exile. but a lot of the country he left when he said. he left what is still the big chill and the women and the development. but in boston because it's been because. he had refused to accept election defeat and had overpowered west african heads of state and set off on a marathon month long negotiation dicky turns to get him to accept the results eventual to give jimmy an ultimatum either he steps down or seven thousand soldiers from the region steps into gambia to take back control of the country. this is the moment the troops and toured the capital the crowds chant jummy go. see final goodbyes. for many
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a moment of victory the moment gambia has decided. this week to talk to al-jazeera meats gambians men and women that stood up to his rule and brought an end to his regime. this is twenty nine year old lieutenant in december. just after he took power. he then promised to restore democracy and bring an end to the russian. well yeah. he did. what he did. with.
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his. many gambians. but he never returned to his bed. he swapped his army uniform for a white traditional robe and change his tune. he ruled the country with an iron fist the president critics and political opponents human rights organizations accused him and his security forces of torture and enforced disappearances. in april two thousand and sixteen members of the opposition held a small peaceful march calling for electoral reforms ahead of the december presidential election. among the protesters was much much the same things father sold us my father went out. to where every other political party and.
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everybody else. in the gambit to say we need a proper electoral reform at least make it better make it suitable for all of us so we can have a level field we could all play but then the ai general was one dictator that doesn't want anybody to say this is what i want and you get away with it you are daughter of someone that is politically active under dangerous circumstances you knew that that. holding rallies like you were dangerous. what you worried for your father. i was always worried like i. just leave them here why don't you go to senegal why don't you that was in two thousand and thirteen when he was arrested then he was taken to board this strike that was like right now you have escaped from the people and told him in his face that we were going to kill you if we arrest you again so i said why don't you just go he said he's not going anywhere so he's got me and said he's going to fight to
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dictatorship and gambia he was taken to the and i hit. that and i need the secret. police though sterling you walked with gemma to spy on people and then he was interviewed he was there we heard photographs were taken of them and he was asked questions and then after the questions i didn't know i didn't get to listen to the audio but the police have it so there's an audio recording of the interrogation of your father that was made by the security service exactly they did that not only with him but with all the others that they had arrested and then after doing that day he had to take them to these rooms where these men have to come with masks over their head and then be had to torture him they had to beat him to the point that he couldn't say anything again and then. challenging to
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security. to the. detention you know enough is enough. to stop. this video appeared on the security forces went after. she fled to neighboring. republic's edition. you stood up in this in this road and and spoke out publicly against yeah jenny risking your own life as well why did you do that i mean i i i went to a point where i cared no more i i from that day i wanted to be my father because he knew gemma was still here but he had to go out and say we want electoral reform he wanted a better future for me and the rest of my family for the rest of the gambians so
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who would i be if i had to keep quiet i felt that is the only thing i had to do for my father left now i had to speak up for him i wanted justice my father i wanted gemma to just go i i was i was thinking of what i had gone through within that week and imagining another gambian family going through that was like it was unimaginable so i made sure i did something to stop another family from losing their father like i did i made sure that i stopped another family from leaving like a did so i had to speak up i had to say something to make sure everybody heard what i was saying to make sure people went out on the first of december to vote him out to make sure the world knows what he's doing to tell us about this role of this incredible role in this in this in overthrowing i jam it seems that the social media what's facebook mobile phones played a crucial role that really changed the history of this country social media was
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a great tool him in the president barroso says that he's a read and have access to the radio the t.v. when we had to go on something that is a correlation team but then just knowing when the meetings of the coalitions were going to be it was up on facebook it was in the what's up so that people can go out right so all the other networks like even international calls were blocked at some point and everybody knew that. but we facebook and then and what. before they blocked it it was like it was too late information was going out already so everybody was grateful for social media being there because without it we wouldn't know how to communicate how to talk to anybody so it is one thing that held the dictatorship that was in it was one tool that many of us used because personally i have over five six thousand friends and people following me on facebook so most of those people are in gambia so writing on facebook they would read it having to do
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live video they would have to watch it so all those things that we used so i would look for someone else who also has more than five thousand friends or so we would just be like that that much you need to speak up on and we had prominent people gambians and young people listen to. this missing. out and we need the people of the gambia the dic of the responsibility unfortunately i don't know what happened it was just a miracle calling someone in gambhir by then was risky because they could arrest you or they could put you in trouble so you try to avoid but then with what's up on facebook being secure a little especially what you could send people messages you could tell them i had my list of friends and i sent them to send the messages they knew what i was going through they knew what happened in the gambia so some people just knowing me made them dislike what you were doing there like the government population those cared to say anything against germany just i don't know that things change they change
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overnight and everybody was like you know what i don't care whatever happens this is my right and also the company period was very important because people were given immunity you were not going to be tracked if you say anything so people used to come to put on the shirts of the coalition to reach out to their families personally their families to say. coalition candidate for the presidential election. united behind him hoping to once and for all. held his own rallies convinced no one would dare to vote against him. as usual he put on the show. believes he has magical powers. and could cure people from each i.v. and aids he created the treatment centers inside the state he showed al jazeera
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street. prayers. appeared personally. of those that followed the full fare of the survivor. speak about this not anymore . contract to the virus in one thousand nine hundred ninety she joined an hiv prevention support group becoming a vocal advocate she encouraged people to get medical help but in two thousand and seven john mayer notes he found a cure against the virus he then selected and other members of the support for treat. was not easy for us because. you know you want to know what i mean because. i marked my. mary and. it was our name that was given to our recent.
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so all we have to do is. go to determine if you had refused his treatment what would have happened to you. maybe why forcing you to. have. you with. it was not my intention and secondly i am on medication that i was. describe to us your first day in the treatment center all were. it was very because for me. throughout my life very far as. i was not used to have a magazine it was not my real i was not do you store it saw the very force the guy to give me. i swear i started to get really.
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though i was not having diarrhea but i was. you know let's backtrack to to poor treatment you got what exactly happened in in the treatment center the yeah germany hiv aids treatment center what was that your days like the doctors do how do they treat you in the morning. you want to every day to see where you are losing weight or you are giving me. your arm. and they're like. from. you start drinking. so it was it was a potion of some sort of almost a car full of different different types of medical medicine what for me on my
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own. for me. even if i see you mix in the medication i start vomiting. or he would mix the medicine and. i start for me to. sore sometimes i just don't look at it as if i am drinking it i have to my eyes and hold my breath what does it taste like what's. very very bitter. because you cannot if you remember the best of the hardest. how long did you take this herbal treatment for. or. how did your health cope with. my head. because i was. when i would there.
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i was dr because i. have no appetite you know i was even people. many people think that i'm going to die there. and if you would do that i'm going to die because i was. what affect me was that as i said before i was no. where he helped by medical doctors by foreign nurses. and we have. here. in the clinic. to take them from the clinic. and we have a medical doctor who was then by. biden who was. the
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minister of health and he's a doctor. in him so the cuban nurses. a certified medical doctor who is also the minister of health and me were all administering you this herbal medicine. that jimmy said would cure for hiv aids you knew that this was not true it was not true definitely. then you're going to say anything. where. you see soldiers' lives were in the medical facilities where we are. at. you were being treated against your will at many times you feel like you and others were getting yeah that's what i said before i said it was a trial. try and. tell
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me it's not because after that i have to go back to the hospital. before i. dropped. for me i don't know for me i've been. here. until at another parish president. thousands took to the streets calling for an end this is what she. normally apathetic about politics came out to vote in numbers. as polls closed the chairman of the election commission you enjoy i saw the numbers calling it. he was responsible for the final official tally on december first news in giant announced that yeah john had lost the election stunning. you're the first. that's.
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publicly tell us what went through your mind when you decided to announce that he was the loser of this presidential elections well i was just times with the will of the people. he never thought that. through we lose the election he will talk that he will but for the top. but also for me i feel that if the gamba decide to say this is it i need to assess the will and times with the will and announce it is false. in that of of course many people would would say that the person who is in your position under his rule is probably the one that house too. to announce the results that yeah dummy wants well i don't want to go through the process again but it was
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difficult i tell you it was very very difficult i have undergone stress. because there are moves really to. get nutrition that resource and career you've had to endure this will help you survive get on the five years at which point did you realize that yeah jimmy had lost the elections. the last. but because he knew he had lost. before i announce all of this was because i'm the last to know because it is so as i call it it any different than yours unless and by facts to me here but you need that are part of a yes and there would be for in their respective offices to in the demo do the sort of the particular pollution and this would be always call it and he knew in advance
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that he had lost and there was a person for me to increase the number of votes in to continue. and i fish. what was his reaction when you refused because i was in seattle i was here but again. the following day in the evening he came out playing and i said that he was he had lost the election but once you saw the tally and you saw that he had lost did you pick up your phone call the state house in all you know that he had lost. he knew you had lost him before and you you know at last you. created. by his own people as well when he knew not last and that's the word out there that they had made for me to decide how do they put pressure on you how did. his people put pressure on you to change. something i don't know what's
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wrong whether they do well they were here anyway here as in here in the building of the election commission or how were they menacing or threatening you they were here and that's what i can see. did they threaten to to kill you did they tell you they were here so i can say you're here. and yet you stood up i stood up against them i guess as to. what i wanted my life. i stood up. i guess i stood up. at first just make step to the outcome and then changed his mind a week later calling for a new election west african heads of state try to convince him to step down but he
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refused saying the elections were rigged against him. and yet this is what he said to the can i let's also start with his approach is to really give this part you cannot make our let something and i wanted to go to the counter to see our elections are done in this country then you know that that is why they want to go to. the security forces deployed on the streets leading outside the election commission. fearing for his life and joy i fled the country. coming and we're going to kill that's for sure when you say they you mean the security the gammon security forces in iraq and about how many put out how was their lives here i was one i was told. they are coming. so i had to it was to prove to his ambassador that i was able to leave the country and when i went
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i was hoarse you can. through. that. the president elect to left the country he was sworn in as the new head of state at the gambian embassy in senegal i had a little seven thousand west african troops with an deployed to the border. fighter jets flew low over the capital. under pressure it was forced into exile he left for equitorial. adam a barrel was once again sworn into office this time in front of his people. the horrors of johm his regime are now being. political prisoners have been freed.
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the stories of those that suffered under his regime are now being told. this is a nation still reeling from twenty two years of one man's rule. the new government promises to set up a truth and we conciliation commission. so that the ruins of the past can finally here. let's talk about now. right now. right now it's happening so fast. you can barely keep up with it. right now we've got clowns protecting. on mobile technology finding clean water not tomorrow not five years in the future. now.
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