The Gambia’s breastfeeding mother who had her bail revoked on Monday without justifiable reasons was released on from police detention. Kaddy Samateh and her three months old baby Aisha Fatty spent Monday night at the Banjul police cells where several detainees are packed like sardines. And to add salt to their injury, Kaddy and her toddler were forced to sleep on bare concrete floor in an island city where residents cope with excessive moisture. Apart from adjusting with sleeping on the cold cement, Kaddy and Aisha struggled with the scent of mosquito coil in a mosquito-infested cell. Baby Aisha soon developed common cold. She was sneezing and coughing badly by the time her mother left the police station on bail.
Despite going through all these punishments, Kaddy Samateh remains strong and adamant in the fight to get her husband and other peaceful protesters released from illegal detention.
In May this year, Kaddy and Aisha spent a week in detention at the Police Intervention Unit in Kanifing for taking part in a peaceful protest. Six of the May 9th protesters have since been appearing in court.