The baby, currently in detention with her mother Kaddy Fatty at the Police Intervention Unit in Kanifing, is among more than two dozen peaceful protesters rounded up at Kanifing on Monday. Kaddy’s husband Modou Fatty remains in detention at Mile 2 Central Prison since his arrest on April 16th. Mrs Fatty and her baby were arrested while Kaddy was protesting against the detention of her husband.
Many people fear the health and safety of the baby and her mother who find themselves in the hands of a government that spares no one its wrath. The same government detained the heavily pregnant wife of Colonel Ndure Cham in March 2006. Awa Darboe was said to have lost her baby mainly due to her bad treatment. She was punished for her escaped husband’s crime.
In August 2009, Gambian journalist spent her first three days in Mile 2 Central Prison witb 10-month old son who required breast feeding. On the third day, however, prison officials took him away. Prison authorised Sarata’s family members to bring the baby for breastfeeding every day.
The exact number of arrested peaceful protesters was not not. So far the arrest of 22 people has been confirmed.