Chongan and Gomez Most Memorable Moments from Their Testimonies:

Alagi Yorro Jallow

Mamudu: I am moved and overwhelmed by the words and narratives of Ebrima Ismaila Chongan and Sheriff Gomez watching their witness testimony at the Truth Reconciliation and Repatriation Commission hearings has great empathy, balancing act for emotional intelligence and sympathy.  I think they gave a very accurate and compelling testimony. I think something very bad has happened to them. I find these witnesses testimony emotional and sympathetic. Anybody can be critical or not, but it is totally a different thing after you hear their moving testimony.

Mamudu: Chongan and Gomez shares and understands how to balance their emotional intelligence, intellectual quotient, empathetic, and powerful because they gave one too many narratives. They gave a narrative to the TRRC. They gave a narrative to the Gambian people. They gave a narrative to   the whole world. They gave a narrative through their testimony for posterity. They butted up against a pretty seasoned prosecutor. And those narratives can be reconciled, they are “concordant” and “accompanying”. They did not contradict each other. Whether it’s on the lie detector or the circumstances about flying or names that are supposed to corroborate. Here Chongan and Gomez are incredibly believable:

Mamudu: Ismaila and Sheriff their testimony was extremely emotional, extremely raw and extremely credible. Nobody could listen to their delivery of those words and talk about the assault and the impact it had on their life and not have your heart go out to them. Chongan and Gomez obviously were traumatized by July 22 Military takeover. Pushed back on the idea that the gaps in their memory during their testimony were evidence of accuracy and credibility. Instead, they were common among victims of dictatorship.

Join The Conversation