Yusupha Mbaye was one of the survivors of April 2000 student carnage that took the lives of 14 students.  For 17 years, Mbaye has not only been searching for justice but also living with pains. And in this Facebook write up, Yusupha poured out his heart. He settles for nothing other than justice for victims of trigger-happy security forces.

Alhamdulillaahi Rabbil Aalamiina [All praise be to Allah, the God of every living thing].

Another April has come. It is 17 years today since a man like me decided that I should not be like him. He did his best to confine me to a wheelchair after failing to take my life. Murdering me was his intention because 14 of my peers didn’t make it to today. For this, I thank Allah again and pray for His mercy upon the gentle souls of those young kids who were armed only with pencils and exercise books and yet were brutally gunned down. To this day, I feel the pain both physically and psychologically. I am still seeking justice which seems far away.

In the meantime, I still fervently pray for a miracle to have the required medical attention and to pursue my academic goals and ambitions. That, in my mind, is the top most priority in getting me justice. No amount of punishment to the perpetrators can restore my physical and psychological well-being. It will only serve as a deterrent for current and future generations.

Humbly, I am thanking everyone supporting us in any way during these hopeless moments. Your reward can only come from the Most High God.

I continue to anticipate for other strategies and avenues to get me out of this situation which has, for the past 17 years, almost drowned my hopes.


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