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Victims of Jammeh – portraits by Jason Florio

13 year old Bintu looking at a picture on her phone of Lamin Tunkara, the father she never met© Jason Florio

‘Gambia – victims, and resisters of a regime’

Bintu – the 13-year-old daughter of Adama Conteh and Lamin Tunkara. Adama was 7 Months pregnant with Bintu and married less than a year when Lamin was murdered in July 2005. He was part of a group of more than 50 Ghanaians and other West African migrants bound for Europe killed by Gambian security forces, known as the Junglers, who accused the migrants  of being mercenaries who wanted to overthrow President Yahya Jammeh.


“The West African migrants weren’t murdered by rogue elements, but by a paramilitary death squad taking orders from Gambia’s President Jammeh,” said Reed Brody, counsel at Human Rights Watch. “Jammeh’s subordinates then destroyed key evidence to prevent international investigators from learning the truth.” HRW.


Shortly before his murder, Lamin was arrested and moved from one police station to another. At each of the two stations, his wife was allowed, each day, to take him food. However, around a week into his detention, Lamin suddenly disappeared from the second police station.  A heavily pregnant Adama went to every police station, and prison in the Gambia, looking for him –  ‘no one knows him here’, she was repeatedly told. “I did not eat or wash for one week…my family was worried (for the health of her unborn child)”. She searched for Lamin for over a year – “he loved me, he took care of me…I could not believe the rumors that he was dead”. She even went to the feared National Intelligence Agency (NIA) headquarters and was warned off  – ‘go home if you do not want any trouble…stay and you will have trouble’.

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Thirteen years later, Ghanaian, Martin Kyere, the sole known survivor of the 2005 massacre, returned to the Gambia for the first time since the killings to tell Adama what had happened to her husband, Lamin. It was only then that she, and Lamin’s father, fully accepted that Lamin was dead.

Words by Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio photographs Adama Conteh and her daughter, Bintu, the Gambia, West Africa ©Helen Jones-Florio

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Jan 19, 2017- The new president of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, inauguration, Senegal, West Africa

President Adama Barrow’s inauguration day Image © Jason Florio, Bakau, The Gambia, 2017

19th January 2017: Wally Sanyang and his friends watching the inauguration on T.V. of their new president, Adama Barrow, who is in the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. Meanwhile, ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, refuses to cede power and remains in the State House in the Gambian capital of Banjul. ECOWAS troops, from neighboring West African countries, enter the country to help prevent a coup by Gambian troops loyal to Jammeh

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A Red Cross coordinator, two days after dictator, Yahya Jammeh, fled into exile, holding The Daily Observer, showing the front page depicting the news of Adama Barrow’s inauguration – which took place at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, in neighbouring Senegal, because the authorities felt the country was not secure enough for Barrow to return.

February 18th, 2017: President Adama Barrow’s arrival to the Independence Stadium, Bakau, for his inauguration, The Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio

An incredible day in the history of The Gambia, West Africa – February 18th, 2017. A rapturous welcome, and a time of hope – after the 22-year dictatorial rule of Yayha Jammeh –  as tens of thousands of Gambians, welcome home their new president, Adama Barrow who, when the ousted Jammeh refused to step down, for his own safety exiled himself to neighbouring Senegal.

Happy Independence Day to The Gambia, and the Gambians!

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2019 – Currently working on

Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime

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20 years of documentary photography by Jason Florio, The Gambia, West Africa

Gambia Jason Florio documentary photography - Mile 2 Prison, Yahya Jammeh, portraits of victims of Jammeh, mages © Jason Florio, The Gambia, West Africa

Instagram – a montage of images © Jason Florio, The Gambia, West Africa

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Exclusive images from inside the notorious Mile 2 Prison, the Gambia

‘My 5-Star hotel’ as the prison was called by the defeated former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, whose autocratic rule lasted for 22 years.

A prisoner shouts from the window of his cell, Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio documentary photography

A prisoner shouts from the window of his cell, Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

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A prisoner shouts from the window of his cell, Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa Images ©Jason Florio

A prisoner shouts from the window of his cell, Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

 

‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime’

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Yusupha Mbye - student shot during peaceful protest - Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime - Portraits4PositiveChange Portraits ©Jason Florio, the Gambia

Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime – Portraits4PositiveChange ©Jason Florio, the Gambia

Gambia Jason Florio documentary photography

Currently working on a long-term portrait series ‘Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime‘, with Helen Jones-Florio.

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

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

20 years of documentary photography

by Jason Florio, in The Gambia

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President-elect, Adama Barrow, of The Gambia poses for a portrait at Kairaba Hotel, Senegambia ©Jason Florio

President-elect, Adama Barrow, of The Gambia, Jan 2017 ©Jason Florio.

Masses celebrate the inauguration of , President Adama Barrow, after the 22-year dictatorship of Yahya Jammeh ©Jason Florio, Gambia

Masses celebrate the inauguration of President Adama Barrow, after the 22-year dictatorship of Yahya Jammeh ©Jason Florio.

Ex-President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, Roots Homecoming Festival © Jason Florio

Ex-President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, 2014, Roots Homecoming Festival © Jason Florio/Getty Images.

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‘We never Gave up – Stories of Courage in Gambia’

River Gambia Expedition

20 years of documentary photography

by Jason Florio, in The Gambia

‘Makasutu’

'Abdou with Rescued Crocodile' fine art prints © Jason Florio

‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’ fine art photography prints © Jason Florio

‘Silafando’

‘River Gambia’

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Header Montage:

Row #1 – 21/01/2017 supporters of the defeated President, Yahya Jammeh, at Banjul International Airport, congregate to watch the departure of Jammeh for exile in Equatorial Guinea, after 22- years of autocratic rule.

Row #2 – 03/2017 Inside the notorious Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia

Row #3 – 2016-ongoing – portraits of the victims and resisters of the Jammeh regime

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Gambia documentary screening at Pan African Film & Arts Festival, 2019, LA

We Never Gave Up – Stories of Courage in Gambia

Gambia documentary screening at Pan African Film & Arts Festival – We are honoured to have ‘We Never Gave Up – Stories of Courage in Gambia‘, made for Amnesty International, chosen to be shown in its entirety at the 27th PAFF, Los Angeles, CA, February 7-18, 2019 (screening times to be confirmed)

We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times. PAFF.

Gambia documentary screening at Pan African Film & Arts Festival - Still from 'We Never Gave Up' Imam Baba Leigh, The Gambia - portrait ©Jason Florio

Still from ‘We Never Gave Up’ Imam Baba Leigh who was arrested, disappeared, and tortured, for 5 months, The Gambia – portrait ©Jason Florio.

Gambia documentary screening at Pan African Film & Arts Festival

Once the screening has taken place, we will post a link to view the full documentary. In the meantime, the trailer can be seen here.

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Jason Florio is currently working on ‘Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime‘ making portraits and filming testimonies.

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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.

So far, over 1000 victims and their families have registered with the Gambia Centre for Victims of 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 documentary screening at Pan African Film & Arts Festival - image: Open Society Foundation Instagram Takeover - images ©Jason Florio 'Gambia - Victims and Resisters of a Regime

Open Society Foundation Instagram Takeover – images ©Jason Florio ‘Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime’

 

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