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



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.


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.


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.


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


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Wishing you all a happy and peaceful 2019

Jason Florio

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Photography Exhibition, Malta

Photography Exhibition Malta - 'ART'NA'  - including Jason Florio

Photography Exhibition, Malta – ‘ART’NA’

ART’NA – Photography exhibition, Malta Postal Museum & Arts HubVallettaMalta.

Runs through Oct 5-17, 2018

Opening Timings: Mon-Fri 10 am – 4 pm / Sat 10 am – 2pm

A Malta-themed exhibition with donated works by 25 acclaimed photographers – including Jason FlorioDarrin Zammit-LupiKevin Casha, and many more…

*All works are on sale, with proceeds going towards charity

Photography Exhibition Malta 'ART'NA'  - Photographer, Jason Florio stands next to his two donated prints ©Helen Jones-Florio

ART’NA Photography Exhibition, Malta – Opening night, photographer, Jason Florio stands next to his donated prints ©Helen Jones-Florio


October 2018

Currently: in the UK – available for assignments

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Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 Edition – Rhino Relocation. Images ©Jason Florio

'Movable Beast' Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018

‘Movable Beast’ Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 -rhino image ©Jason Florio (photo credit: Helen Jones-Florio)

A poaching team – the several men who actually do the grisly job may receive as much as $10,000 per horn‘ ‘Movable Beast

Words by Todd Pitock / Images ©Jason Florio for Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018. Now available, online, to view

‘I couldn’t keep putting my people at risk,” he said. “I couldn’t go to their families next time and tell them it wasn’t the poachers but one of our guys who got shot.’

'Movable Beast' Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 image © Jason Florio

‘Movable Beast’ Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 – image © Jason Florio

‘The thieves were hunting mostly in Kruger National Park and the areas around South Africa’s eastern border with Mozambique. But as anti-poaching measures there improved and the price of rhino horn kept soaring, to tens of thousands of dollars a kilogram, the poachers began expanding into new territory.

They first hit Van Niekerk’s place, deep in the interior, in January 2017, came again the next month, and a third time that April. They killed six rhinos...’ read more online/Smithsonian Magazine