(JollofNews) – Child right advocates in The Gambia has condemned a video purportedly filmed by an adult showing a minor insulting the country’s former president Yahya Jammeh.
In the video circulated on the whatsapp social app, showed the minor girl, apparently in her less than ten years insulting Mr. Jammeh, saying he will never stay in the country.
“This is the most disturbing, heartrending video out in The Gambia. That an adult should video a child uttering such profanities and posted is beyond the social pale,” Njundu Drammeh, coordinator of Child Protection Alliance; an alliance of about 36 member organizations said.
He said thed child learnt such kind of insults by hearing them from her environment. “I abhor and condemn it in the strongest term. This girl will hate this video in the future.”
Child abuse is a criminal offence in the country and in the past, many adults were prosecuted on child rape and trafficking. Two years ago, former President Yahya Jammeh announced total ban on Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGMC) and placed tough punishment for defaulters.
Flanked by other children, it could be visibly seen that the words were fed into the child’s mouth by an adult, suspectedly the one who video her.
Executive director of National Youth Council Lamin Darboe said the video represents a serious act of child abuse and irresponsiblity on the side of the adult who vedio it.
Following the defeat of former President Yahya Jammeh, many Gambians have stooped to using abusive languages against him but this video is the first that involved a minor girl.
On Thursday, twelve members of the country’s Armed Forces where paraded before a military Court Martial at the first Infantry battalion in Yundum, some 27 kilometer from the capital city, Banjul on charges of treason and concealment of treason. They were arrested in July in connection with an alleged social media app Whatsapp messages and voices they have been sharing among themselves that are critical to the government.
“This video is one of the worst form of child abuse and exploitation. This teaches her to believe that the only way out is to use abusive language,” Haruna Badjie, Department of Social Welfare in West Coast Region said.
He said the video by all indications justifies that an adult is somewhere using the child to get a political motivated objective. “I strongly condemn this video in its entirety for children should be taught to show good morals and behaviour no man of women in his or her right senses will appreciate this video.”
Mr. Badjie said thr act hss expose the child to risk of hostile attacks from the other camp and has stained her future.