Thierno Hamidou Sow outside his former residence where he was beaten unconscious by the police during a strike in 2007.
'On 22 January I was sitting with friends outside my house in Tanene Marche. We saw soldiers arriving in a pick up. We ran and scattered. The first ones inside locked the door. I got stuck outside. I tried to climb over the gate but they caught me. They began to kick and insult me. "You're one of those strikers. You don't want us in power" they said. That day was the most dangerous. No hospitals. No vehicles in the streets. They beat me with rifle butts. I had pain everywhere but especially in my head. They knocked me unconscious so I don't know what they did to me. From that time, every time I see a soldier I feel nervous. I still have pain in my hand and forearm. I think they are the enemy. And the same people are in power. There is no will for justice. I feel abandoned by my country.'