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

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