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Cast your vote for ‘A Blossom Pink World’, Guyana, in UK Charity Film Awards

A film by Jason Florio & Zane Dedlow for The International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Please cast your vote ‘A Blossom Pink World’, Guyana, in UK Charity Film Awards here.

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance has entered the UK Charity Film awards with a powerful film: ‘A Blossom Pink World’. The film highlights efforts to challenge laws in Guyana that criminalize transgender people and limit their access to effective HIV services.

 

Vote ‘A Blossom Pink World’, film, Guyana - Lorraine receives support from Guyana Trans United on legal and health issues © Jason Florio for the Alliance, Guyana transgender

Lorraine receives support from Guyana Trans United on legal and health issues © Jason Florio for the Alliance.

Update: Since shooting the film in Guyana

Guyana transgender law victory paves way for greater reform

A cross-dressing law used to criminalize transgender people in Guyana has been overturned by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in a judgment that could pave the way for local campaigners to challenge other discriminatory laws… read more on the Alliance website.

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 Heading back to West Africa,

late November 2018

To carry on ‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime‘ #Portraits4PositiveChange. Please check out my GoFundMe page.

Available for assignments

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GoFundMe: Gambia-Victims and Resisters of a Regime – #Portraits4PositiveChange ©Jason Florio

Portrait of ex-Mile2 prisoner, Ballo Kanteh, the Gambia ©Jason Florio

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

GoFundMe: The Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime

– To face the past, victims, and resistors of the Jammeh regime come forward – #Portraits4PostiveChange

‘In a global political climate where authoritarian rule is on the rise  – where autocratic leaders crush dissent, and opposition, with brutality and little or no regard for human rights – it is essential to keep telling the stories of the victims of such regimes.

Your support will enable us to continue our work, to create an extensive body of portraits of the victims of the 22-year brutal dictatorship of the Yahya Jammeh’s regime, as a tool for positive change and advocacy…’Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio 

The wife and son of Harouna Jammeh, who was murdered along with his sister on the orders of his brother, former president Yahya Jammeh ©Jason Florio

The wife and son of Harouna Jammeh, who was murdered along with his sister on the orders of his brother, former president Yahya Jammeh. Harouna’s daughter, Ayeshah Jammeh, has since co-founded the ‘Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations‘ – Image ©Jason Florio 

Please check out our GoFundMe campaign to find out more and why this is so important… and help spread the word, by sharing on social media. We’ll thank everyone, individually. And, if you donate, we’ll send you a handmade postcard, once we get to the Gambia. 

GoFund Me #Portraits4PositiveChange Gambia

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November 2018

Available for assignments, worldwide

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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

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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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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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