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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.

#Portraits4PositiveChange

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

#Portraits4PositiveChange

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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Free screening: ‘We Never Gave Up – stories of courage in Gambia’, August 13th, London

Free Screening, london, documentary 'We Never Gave Up - stories of courage in Gambia' Amnesty International

Free Screening ‘We Never Gave Up – stories of courage in Gambia’ Amnesty International – a film by Jason Florio / Louise Hunt (poster image – inside Mile2 Prison, Gambia, ©Helen Jones-Florio .

 

Ever wondered what it was like to be a human rights defender in GAMBIA during Yahya Jammeh’s regime?

Watch the trailer here:

Amnesty International will host a screening of the documentary

AUGUST 13TH, 2018 – 71A GALLERY, LONDON

How to get your free tickets.

 

August 2018

Currently in Malta – covering Europe and Africa

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