Adama Bah

Adama Bah

Dame Dieng

Dame Dieng

Adama Bah

Adama Bah is burdened by a deportation case, an FBI curfew and more. Please support her.
By David Felix Sutcliffe, c/o onto

Dear friends, family, and friends of friends,

Some of you have already heard the story of Adama Bah. For those of you who haven't, Adama - a Muslim teenager and former student of mine at the Harlem Children's Zone - was detained by the FBI in March of 2005. Without any explanation they accused her of being an "imminent threat" and appeared ready to hold her indefinitely. After a widespread public protest, however, the government agreed to release her. Without going into a detailed history of the case, I believe she has been unfairly targeted and in the process has seen her family split apart.

Adama's father, a Guinean immigrant shopowner, was recently deported, leaving Adama's mother to care for the family's five children. Unable to read or speak much English, Mrs. Bah has relied heavily on Adama to support the family. And Adama, already burdened by a deportation case and an FBI imposed curfew, has dropped out of school to work full-time. Adama is bright, resourceful, and unimaginably strong. But she is carrying a greater burden than any 18 year-old girl should have to.

I'm asking for your help. If you are in a position to donate to an emergency fund for Adama and her family, please do so. Checks should be made payable to Adama Bah and can be sent to the following address:

Adama Bah
c/o David Felix Sutcliffe
312 West 87th Street, apt. 4A
NYC, NY 10024

If you want to learn more about her case, I've posted several articles that appeared in the New York Times following her arrest. You can read them at:

Please forward this e-mail to your family, friends, friends of friends, and anyone else who you believe would be interested in helping Adama.

Thank you so much for your support.

David Felix Sutcliffe
(301) 830-2686

Dame Dieng

Some people try to understand why young Senegalese try to escape from their country on unsafe wooden boats putting their life in danger on a 6 to 8 day trip to Canaries which are part of Spain and the first step to Europe. Dame Dieng unlucky story can help to find the explanation or part of it.

Dame Dieng is 21 and has been arrested without any valid explanation, the Senegalese police invented the same old insult and threat known for centuries stuff when they invaded the political opponent, Idrissa Seck, headquarters where Dame Dieng happened to be, he had been recruited by this contradictor to the authoritarian Wade regime after having worked for a newspaper’s website and proved there his incredible gifts for computer matters.

The presidential elections in Senegal will take place in February 2007 which partly explains the rising tension and number of opponents arrested by the political police named without trying to make a joke in English they probably ignore, the DIC. I promise I’m not inventing it, it’s meant for direction of investigation criminelle. But Wade, the president in charge now, aged 80 officially but in reality probably 84, has since the beginning in 2000 been intolerant with journalists, politicians and contradictors (there is a DIC hidden there too), putting so many people in jail for trifles or simply for telling what they think that we are allowed to wonder how far can a regime be called a democracy. The fact this takes place in Africa justifies nothing, there is also a low intensity war in the south of the country, named Casamance, constant fights for 20 years, which no media talks about and that causes to the population a very difficult and unsafe life, this part of the country being sprinkled of mines making the agriculture dangerous, the amount of children having lost one leg or one foot is very high and these mines regularly kill people on roads, but that’s another story. This was only to illustrate the Senegalese regime which is not the worse of Africa but still far from being an example to anything. Life is hard in Senegal and people get used to everything from dying from malaria to lacks and shortages of everything, gas for cars, gas cylinder for cooking, water, roads, etc.

But I’m not taking part in the political Senegalese campaign and I definitely don’t support Idrissa Seck, Dame Dieng’s boss, I’m actually only trying to take this young guy out of jail. He was taken by the police last Tuesday 24th of November for a 4 day close watch, which is over long already but he has then be maintained in jail for no other reason than working for the principal rival of the old chief. He is still in jail today and must I remind you of the treatments and tortures, psychological and physical that take place in prison? Should I remind you also of the consequences of such treatments on people psychological balance and mind structure? To my view, too much is too much, a country , and an African country more than another, needs its youth, must protect it’s youth, it’s their future they are stamping on, young people that show abilities for studies and agility of mind must be protected like a treasure, treasure which is the key for the future of the country and instead of that the Senegalese government puts them into jail for no reason and gives them rotten meat at the campus restaurant which caused riots last year with many wounded students some severely. Dakar’s university Cheikh Anta Diop is so poor that it produces only unemployed, the courses being inadequate to the jobs offered, you can study 4 years and get your degree if you want but then you be a taxi driver like everybody or try to swim to Europe.

With Dame Dieng it is the future of the nation they are putting to jail and it’s a crime against the entire humanity and against the chances of development that are already very thin and difficult to preview. Everybody in Africa and in Senegal hears the word development several times a day but no one has never seen what it means and what it is in real life except a trick for politicians and organizations to run their bizness being governmental or not, nothing changes or if it does it’s to get worse, this is not pessimistic statements, I’m strongly optimistic and trying to find solutions, it’s facts.

I consider each extra minute or hour this young man spends in prison as a crime against the future of Senegal and Africa. So if anybody can help to get him out that would be fantastic, you know the ways in the states to contact the media or organizations dealing with human rights in your country better than I do, I am presently in France and contacting here all the media and friends that can help , I intend to make the more noise about this I can do, it does help to pass the information around, the more the case is known the less they can keep him in without any legal motive.

Forgive my English that’s terrible I know it, don’t post any comment telling me I write English like a Spanish cow, I already know it. Thanks for any help you will give and anytime you will spend to help him.