The Gambia – The Victims and the Instigator. Portraits © Jason Florio

Ex-President of the Gambia - Yahya Jammeh, surrounded by his bodyguards, Roots Homecoming festival © Jason Florio

Ex-President of the Gambia – Yahya Jammeh, Roots Homecoming festival © Jason Florio

One man, many victims

The Gambia – Torture, Abuse, and Dissent

From 1994 -2017 Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia, West Africa as his own fiefdom, crushing dissent, and opposition with brutality. With Jammeh’s ouster and flight into exile, hundreds of Gambians now feel safe to come forward and speak freely about the crimes committed against them by his regime.

This portrait series is a work in progress…Jason Florio.

'Victims of Jammeh' The Gambia, West Africa - portraits by Jason Florio

‘Victims of Jammeh’ The Gambia, West Africa – portraits © Jason Florio– All rights reserved. 

 

Ex-political prisoner Ballo Kanteh shows the burns he suffered after melted plastic was dripped onto his skin by Jammeh’s notorious henchmen, the Junglers, at Mile 2 prison during his 18-year detention. For the first two years, he was held in solitary confinement in a pitch dark cell, which has permanently damaged his eyesight Jason Florio

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October 15th, 2018, sees the launch of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) – As a direct result of 22 years of authoritarian rule, human rights violations were widespread… read more on lawhubgambia.com

A prisoner shouts through the window from his cell, Mile 2 prison, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio – All rights reserved

A prisoner shouts through the window from his cell, Mile 2 prison, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio – All rights reserved.

Exclusive images from inside ousted ex-president, Yahya Jammeh’s, ‘my 5 Star Hotel’ (as he frequently called it) – the notorious Mile 2 Prison, Nov 2017.

A prisoner sits looking out of the window of his cell – Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

A prisoner sits looking out of the window of his cell – Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Gambia Victims Portraits Jason Florio

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Gambia Victims Portraits Jason Florio

Watch this space for more news, and images, from this ongoing portrait series. JF

 

Related: ‘We Never Gave Up – Stories of Courage in Gambia’ – a documentary for Amnesty International.

‘ICC: Victims of Atrocities Deserve Justice’ – interview footage of Ayeshah Jammeh (the Gambia) & Asmaou Diallo (Guinea) by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio – for Human Rights Watch.

 

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October 2018

Currently: in the UK – available for assignments

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Photography Exhibition, Malta

Photography Exhibition Malta - 'ART'NA'  - including Jason Florio

Photography Exhibition, Malta – ‘ART’NA’

ART’NA – Photography exhibition, Malta Postal Museum & Arts HubVallettaMalta.

Runs through Oct 5-17, 2018

Opening Timings: Mon-Fri 10 am – 4 pm / Sat 10 am – 2pm

A Malta-themed exhibition with donated works by 25 acclaimed photographers – including Jason FlorioDarrin Zammit-LupiKevin Casha, and many more…

*All works are on sale, with proceeds going towards charity

Photography Exhibition Malta 'ART'NA'  - Photographer, Jason Florio stands next to his two donated prints ©Helen Jones-Florio

ART’NA Photography Exhibition, Malta – Opening night, photographer, Jason Florio stands next to his donated prints ©Helen Jones-Florio

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October 2018

Currently: in the UK – available for assignments

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Youtube: Jason Florio – LensCulture interview

Youtube Jason Florio LensCulture Interview

“I really hope that these pictures will break down the barriers, and get people to see them as human beings… they are not a threat, they have the same hopes and aspirations as all of us… “Jason Florio 

The European migrant crisis has receded from the public eye but continues to evolve. A veteran photojournalist offers us a wider lens on the topic, connecting the Mediterranean to the western reaches of Africa. @LensCulture.

Related posts: LensCulture/Jason Florio.

See more at floriophoto.com: ‘Destination Europe’

A Nigerian migrant pulled from a rubber boat prays onboard the MOAS rescue dingy. © Jason Florio/MOAS

A Nigerian migrant pulled from a rubber boat prays onboard the MOAS rescue dingy. © Jason Florio

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October 2018

Currently: on assignment in Tunisia

Covering Europe and Africa

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Makasutu – fine art photography prints by Jason Florio

'Abdou with Rescued Crocodile' fine art prints © Jason Florio

‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

‘Makasutu-mecca in the forest

multi-award-winning black and white portraits by Jason Florio

‘With little command of the local language, I could only but ask my subjects to stand and look directly into the lens. With little direction on my part, I found that the subjects in front of the camera would become silently quizzical of themselves and how they wanted to be portrayed. I returned every year to Makasutu, up until 2010…’ Jason Florio
Makasutu portraits - 'Painted Face' - coming of age ceremonies, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

‘Painted Face’ – coming of age ceremonies, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

Makasutu Portraits

Limited edition photography prints are available to purchase from helenjonesflorio.com gallery. For prices, editions, sizes, shipping, please visit ‘Print Orders‘ page on the gallery site.

Makasutu portraits - Ismaila on his horse, Jumpex - The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

Ismaila on his horse, Jumpex – The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

View the whole ‘Makasutu’ series of portraits at helenjonesflorio.com. Please feel free to contact us with any queries.

Also, available

 ‘World at a Glance’

color photography prints by Jason Florio

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September-October 2018

Currently covering Europe and Africa

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