The penal colony Taoudenit modestly christened rehabilitation center, did not receive that sentence to hard labor. Far from necessary. During the lengthy detention of Samba Sangare in this place, he has seen in handcuffs, several citizens who were neither tried nor convicted..
They came at random political or social events that continued to shake the military regime that had recently moved. These were usually intellectuals or members such as Victor Sy, Ibrahim Ly Mohamedoune Dicko said Bakary Traore, Bakary Konimba Pioneer Samake Mathieu Cyr, Bakary Tierro Jean Etienne Djindere, Oumar Ly, Samba Sidibe, Adama Samassekou… etc. There were others like Mamadou Yaranangore, Madi Baba Diakite, Cheick Daou etc..
All those arrested during street demonstrations or simple for distributing leaflets were regarded as potential or actual opponents to the regime of Moussa Traore. Interested persons were then sent to Taoudenit for intimidation and, as a warning. After an arduous journey through the desert, they arrived at the penal camp in a sometimes dismal state of health.
Upon his arrival (he was all alone), a group of soldiers was assigned to host according to the ritual in force in this prison. But when he took off his shirt, the corporal who commanded the group had a high around the waist, not to mention goosebumps, seeing how the back of Victor Sy had been plowed.