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.’
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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 Yahya Jammeh, who was later murdered by Jammeh’s henchmen. Image ©Jason Florio
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Dec 2018 – Jan 2019, I’ll be in The Gambia
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