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‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime’ – Portraits by Jason Florio

 

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Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime

 

Gambia Victims and Resisters – Joy Conker Sonko was targeted by a Yahya Jammeh supporting policewoman when she was 14 years old because her family was supporters of the government opposition UDP party. She was dragged from her family home, beaten, and her head smashed against a car and then detained in a cell, without arrest, for 4 days… see more of this work-in-progress at floriophoto.com.

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From 1994 -2017 President Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia, West Africa, as his own personal fiefdom, crushing dissent, and opposition, with brutality.

His personal hit squad and intelligence agency carried out tortures, and assassinations with impunity – journalists were gunned down and disappeared, ministers were jailed, students shot in cold blood, and even his own brother and sister were murdered on his orders.

With Jammeh’s 2016 election defeat, he went into exile after a standoff with regional forces, and the victims of his regime started to come forward.

GambiaHasDecided

So far, over 1000 victims and their families have registered with the Gambia Centre for Human Rights Violations to share their stories and help build international support to bring Jammeh to justice

This is a work in progress in collaboration with the GCHRV.

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Gambia Victims and Resisters – Sankung Bilajo was one of over a thousand elders abducted on the orders of the former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh in 2009. Groups of Jammeh’s paramilitary troops along with his youth brigade, The Green Boys and ‘magicians’ from Guinea went from village to village as part of a nationwide hunt for witches. The alleged witches were held for up to five days in secret locations and made to drink ‘Kubehjaro’, a hallucinogenic substance, and then forced to confess to witchcraft. Some were also severely beaten and robbed by their captors… see more at:

Portraits Gambia Victims Jason Florio

 

Please check out my GoFundMe page to see more about this series and how you can help to be part of #Portraits4PositiveChange. 

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful 2019

Jason Florio

Available for assignments – Contact here

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Yahya Jammeh herbal AIDS/HIV ‘cure’ – portraits © Jason Florio

Lamin Ceesay - took part in Yahya Jammeh AIDS/HIV herbal 'cure' trials, the Gambia - portrait ©Jason Florio

Lamin Ceesay – took part in Yahya Jammeh AIDS/HIV herbal ‘cure’ trials, the Gambia – portrait ©Jason Florio

Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime

Lamin Ceesay was on of a number of HIV/AIDS patients coerced by former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, to stop taking their anti-retroviral drugs and be treated by him personally with his herbal HIV/AIDS ‘cure’. Jammeh’s treatment proved to be dangerous, and often fatal for many,… see more at floriophoto.com

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To find out more about this project, check out our GoFundMe page.

Jason Florio making #Portraits4PositiveChange, the Gambia - AIDS/HIV 'cure' patient, Lamin Ceesay ©Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio making #Portraits4PositiveChange, the Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio.

I am currently in the Gambia, West Africa, working on a long-term portrait series, ‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime‘, #Portraits4PositiveChange, through January 2019. I am available for assignments – please contact me here

Jason Florio

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Jason Florio Open Society Foundation – Instagram Takeover

Jason Florio Open Society Foundation Instagram Takeover - 'Gambia - Victims and Resisters of a Regime

Open Society Foundation Instagram Takeover – images ©Jason Florio 

Open Society Foundation Jason Florio – Instagram Takeover

 

Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime’ #Portraits4PositiveChange.

 

‘Jason Florio shares his images from his ongoing series on citizens of the Gambia who were tortured under the regime of former President Yahya Jammeh, and who are now stepping forward and demanding justice.’  Open Society Foundation.

 

To read more about why we are doing this project – GoFundMe. And, see more from this ongoing series at floriophoto.com.

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 Dec 2018 – Jan 2019, I’ll be in The Gambia

To carry on ‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime

Available for assignments – Contact here

@jasonflorio / @floriotravels – Instagram

Jason Florio – Vimeo

floriophotoNYC – Twitter

Jason Florio/Photojournalist – FB

The Gambia – Photographer/filmmaker, Jason Florio, making #Portraits4PositiveChange

Portraits for Positive Change Gambia Jason Florio – Florio with victim of Jammeh. Yusupha Mbye image © Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio with Yusupha Mbye – making #Portraits4PositiveChange, the Gambia – image © Helen Jones-Florio

‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime’
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Portraits for Positive Change Gambia Jason Florio – on location, in The Gambia: Yesterday Florio photographed Yusepha, who was shot in the back by the Yahya Jammeh regime’s security forces, during a peaceful student protest in April 2000. He is paralyzed from the neck down. He was just 18 years old.

‘The APRIL 2000 GAMBIAN STUDENT MASSACRE was the killing of 14 people (and one accidental death) by Gambian police officers and soldiers on the 10 April 2000 at a student protest in Banjul, the Gambia.’

Please check out our GoFundMe page for more info on this project, or to donate/share.

Portraits for Positive Change Gambia Jason Florio : Jugana Susso, was arrested and detained during a peaceful demonstration by President Jammeh’s feared security services ©Jason Florio

Jugana Susso was arrested and detained during a peaceful demonstration by President Jammeh’s feared security services ©Jason Florio.

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 those who suffered, and those who bravely resisted – who were often one and the same.

Your support – #Portraits4PositiveChange – will enable us to continue our work, to create an extensive body of portraits of the victims and resisters of the 22-year brutal dictatorship of the Yahya Jammeh’s regime, as a tool for positive change and advocacy… please read on to find out why this is so important… read more.

Mr Manneh holding a photo of his son, Chief Ebrima Manneh, a journalist, meeting President Jammeh,  who was murdered by his men. Image ©Jason Florio

Mr. Manneh holding a photo of his son, Chief Ebrima Manneh, a journalist, meeting President Yahya Jammeh, who was later murdered by Jammeh’s henchmen. Image ©Jason Florio

See more from this ongoing series of portraits at floriophoto.com.

 

 Dec 2018 – Jan 2019, I’ll be in The Gambia

To carry on ‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime

#Portraits4PositiveChange.

Please check out my GoFundMe page.

Available for assignments – Contact here

@jasonflorio / @floriotravels – Instagram

Jason Florio – Vimeo

floriophotoNYC – Twitter

Jason Florio/Photojournalist – FB