Alagie Saidy Barrow, former director of Research and Investigations at the Gambia’s maiden Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), has authored a book entitled: “The Dictator Is Us, My truth commission journey“.
The book is being printed by Global Hands Publishing – The Gambia and is expected to be released on 1st December 2022.
On the front cover of the book, the author Mr. Saidy Barrow said: “Until Gambians take a long hard look in the proverbial mirror and wake up to the reality that the dictator Yahya Jammeh was not an aberration, that he is of us and made by us, we will continue to delude ourselves into thinking that we are better than the tyranny we created, nursed, nourished, and unfortunately, accepted for twenty-two years“.
In a Facebook post by the author on Sunday morning, he said:
“I’m working with a dedicated group of Gambians under the umbrella of Global Hands Publishing. Our target is to get the book released on December 1st and launch it in The Gambia sometime in December. Other countries will follow sometime in 2023. The publishers are doing all they can to get the books in The Gambia by mid-December.
For those outside The Gambia, the book will be available online on major book-selling platforms by December 1 barring any hiccups.
I cannot say how grateful I am for all your support through the years. Without you all, I would not have had the heart to start writing this book. So thank you all.
Importantly, my share of any proceeds from this book will all be dedicated to the victims of the APRC government. I’m not yet 100% set on the modalities of how to do this but the proceeds will definitely be for the victims. I welcome ideas and suggestions on how to ensure we can set up a lasting project that will benefit the victims of the Jammeh/APRC tyranny.
Once again, to everyone sending messages of encouragement, I’m grateful. I’ll share the launch date once the publishers finalize everything.“