Witness Statement of a Nurse on the aftermath of the shootings

Amie Jallow – Witness Statement of a Nurse

March 16 2017

I would never forget this day that I witnessed, anytime it comes to my mind I cry. I wish on that day it never happened to our brothers and sisters to a tiny Country of the Gambia. If at all it had happened to the develop world, may be in the beginning some would thought they are just acting movie.

The wounded Students and the dead including Omar Barrow the journalist, red cross volunteer were brought in to the Accident & Emergency unit to be seen by the Doctors. It was chaos, unbelievable to begin with, seeing our youths of tomorrow being massacred in a peaceful country that the whole world known us for was very sad.

Karamo Barrow from ICE HIGH SCHOOL was shot with real bullet, he died on my lap whiles I was taking care of him before he saw the Doctor. At that time, I was applying plenty of gauzes in his gunshot wound to his chest penetrates to his back to stop blood oozing, the last word he said to me in English which I would never forget. He whispered in my ears whiles gasping told me to help him he is dying, by then I was doing history taking asking him his name, before asking him the next questions which place he came from, his next of kin, he died on my lap due to lack of bed. The name of the School badge was already attached to his uniform. I screamed and cried saying it loudly do not die.

As a student Nurse I should have not screamed, let alone to cry but I looked at him as if he was my younger brother. At that point of time, I got so angry with the government including the green uniforms (Soldiers) until they had to moved me to another department which was the A&E minor theatre, when I went there I found one soldier with laceration about to be sutured, according to him he said they threw stones at him. He was kept in the Doctor’s office which he was visibly seen through the sliding glass door, by then the in-charge knew tension are high, the student nurses were angry that's why he has to kept the soldier in a safe place.

 I was being watched closely by the in-charge knowing that I was the most angry person among them. I was told to go home since at the A&E when Karamo Barrow died on my lap but I refused, composed myself before going to the minor theatre. At the minor theatre I waited until the in-charge was busy doing something, I sneaked, went into where the soldier was kept I terrorised him calling him murderer due to anger. Telling him you not holding your gun now, are you? You and your colleaques only hold guns to protect yourselves and the selfish Kanilai cow calling himself "Sheikh" my ass. He looked at me realising that he cannot do nothing instead he kept quiet. I know I shouldn't do that but at that point of time for what I had saw killing undefendable youths who done nothing wrong was unimaginable, the government committed heinous crime that we would never forget.

Next minute, his three partners in crime (the soldiers) came there with their guns demanding that they came for their colleaque, I told them they would not enter with their guns in the theatre which was not allowed, they tried to forced themselves and they were thrown out by the in-charge, from there they threatened to killed me if I ever came out. I told them to bugger off, you murderers! After that incident, I was told to go into the operating room, before going in, first I did sanitisation procedure on me, next I put my protective shoes and gloves before someone put the operating gown for me. When I entered I saw our young ones lying on the operating bed I started getting angry again, saw each patients real bullets been removed either from their head or chest or legs or abdomen or the neck or the back penetrating from one side to another, the bullets were put into the kidney dishes whiles the radio was on, from there you heard the "lying cows" the government saying on the news that it was rubber bullets.

At that time I was not the only one who was angry, the Doctors too. One of the Doctors even suggested that we should called the authority who did this to the students to come and see for themselves whether this is rubber bullets. All of the students overstayed on that day due to lack of manpower. We did tried very hard to treat our brothers and sisters even though there was insufficient basic apparatus. Since then that's why I cannot stand to see green uniforms. Anytime I see them it reminds me on that day.

 

The story that I lamented here was just on the 10th, the next day on the 11th was another story of it's own. On the 10/11 that I had a problem with Sana Manjang at the A& E gate by then he was on duties, was drinking alcohol and smoking weed, refusing patients to go in and out that's the time I intervened told him he has no right to stopped the patients, he threatened me with his gun.