AMADOU DIALLO FOUNDATION, INC.
November 3, 2009
Statement of Amadou Diallo Foundation, Inc. on Violence in Conakry, Guinea
Ten years after the story of Amadou Diallo stirred people around the world to the cause of racial injustice, the Amadou Diallo Foundation continues to promote racial equality and enhance community-police relations. As an organization concerned about the struggles of peaceful communities confronted with violence by those who wield power, the Foundation is shocked and appalled over the savage assault perpetrated by the military junta of Conakry, Guinea upon its own people, and stands with the rest of the international community in condemning the attacks.
Last December, the military seized power in a coup led by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara. Political tensions have since escalated, as Capt. Camara broke his pledge not to run in the nation’s presidential elections, scheduled for next January. According to media reports, on September 28, 2009, as protestors peacefully gathered in a stadium in the nation’s capital in opposition to Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, soldiers trained their guns upon the crowd, and, according to human rights officials, killed over 150 civilians 1, raped women 2, and, according to the United States Department of State, injured over 1,200 others 3. The killings, rapes, and injuries constitute nothing short of a barbaric massacre of fellow Guineans, perpetrated by a military regime. The September 28, 2009 incident is now under investigation by the International Criminal Court 4.
The attacks not only have outraged many people around the world, but also have left New Yorkers to grieve over the loss of loved ones. One month after the brutal military rampage, many questions remain as to what happened on September 28 and who should be held accountable. Also, many lie wounded in the main hospital of Conakry in dire need of aid 4.
The current situation in Conakry rings of stark injustice, and the Amadou Diallo Foundation calls upon the International Criminal Court to fully investigate what happened on September 28, 2009 in Conakry and make a status report on their investigation, and to prosecute to the full extent of the law any and all persons who engaged in illegal activity. We also call upon the good will of people in the metropolitan area and around the United
States to consider making donations in order to send much-needed aid to both the victims of the attacks and their families.
Interested persons may contribute online to the relief work by visiting the website of:
Doctors Without Borders in Guinea:
(and e-mail email@example.com to indicate that your donation be directed to Guinea)
Kadiatou Diallo, President
t. (917) 459-4006
Hon. David Dinkins, Chair
t. (212) 854-4253
Norman Siegel, Treasurer
t. (212) 532-7586