You cannot rewrite history: “FATEE HEEGUU FEE”:
Where was Essa Mbye Faal During the Dark 22 years of Jammeh when the Gambia was bleeding?
As his colleagues gave compassion and empathy to Pro-democracy Advocates.
Fatoumatta: Empathy is the fuel of democracy. All that we do in our everyday life as pro-democracy advocates from 1994-2017 was part of that struggle for human rights and the rule of law. The battle for the restoration of democracy took place around the world — democracy against autocracy. The Gambian struggle was resistance to tyranny and fought for human decency and dignity — just simple character—the battle for posterity — prosperity and progress. And, yes, the struggle for the soul of the Gambia.
We remember some Gambian lawyers in the diaspora, journalist activists, and other political opposition party members who gave their support and resources in the service of the Gambia, in the service of freedom and justice. We remember the sacrifice, the valor, and the grace. We recognize the smiles, the loves, the laughter, the essential, vibrant, and transcendent humanity through intrinsic and extrinsic support, particularly those in the private media, since the media became the first casualty and, through pain and anguish, loss, life, limb, shed unending blood and tears. Fatoumatta: We remember the pride on our faces the day some decent human beings pinned those to our shoulders and raised our hopes with smiles. When state-sponsored thugs torched the Independent printing press, few Gambian lawyers on international appointments and others who valued free press did contribute immensely to a new printing acquisition. They funded all the shipping costs from America to the Gambia. Notable lawyers who supported the shipping cost of the Independent new printing machine were Former ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bom Bebsouda, Abubacarr Baa Tambedou, Alhagie Marong, Magistrate Musa Gassama, Master Ousman Jammeh, and Justice Hassan Jallow. Lawyer Essa Faal was at The Hague as a prosecutor, and he did not contribute like his colleagues. Mr. Joe Sambou and former Adama Barrow, first Attorney General, and Justice Minister Abubacarr Baa Tambedou coordinated the initiative. What has Essa Mbye Faal contributed to the Gambian struggle and supported pro-democracy advocates between 994 and 2016, having worked in all continents?
Fatoumatta: To all of those who fought with the pain of loss, as hard as it is to believe, some unsung heroes come and bring a smile to our lips before it bringing a tear to our eyes. We remember those who gave their all in the service of the Gambia, in the service of freedom, in the service of justice. Those Gambian lawyers and others. We remember those lawyer’s sacrifice, their valor, and their grace. We remember their smiles, loves, their laughter, their essential, vibrant, and transcendent humanity. However, today, we are witnessing those who never donated urine when the Gambia need it and never contributed and participated in the fight for democracy, human rights, and justice are the very people taking a front row in this new dispensation and are the very people masquerading as democrats and patriots parading themselves as heroes of democracy and human rights defenders.