(LEFT) 13-year-old Bintu Tunkara looks at a picture on her phone of Lamin Tunkara, the father, she never met. Bintu’s mother, Adama Conteh was seven months pregnant with her when Lamin was murdered. In 2005 he was the only Gambian among a group of over 50 Ghanaians and other West African migrants attempting to reach Europe by sea, but were detained, and then systematically massacred by Gambian security forces, on the orders of President Jammeh, who feared that the migrants were coup plotters.
Adama said, “I searched everywhere, all the prisons and police stations. He loved me and he took care of me”. Adama searched for over a year, she would not accept that he was dead. One Ghanaian, Martin Kyere, who was with Lamin, escaped and is the sole survivor, key witness and advocate for the families of those who were murdered.
(RIGHT) Adama Conteh holding a picture of her murdered husband Lamin Tunkara