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Portraits of Victims and Resisters, The Gambia © Jason Florio

 

Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime

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Portraits for Positive Change Gambia – Dodou Sanyang in the room of his recently deceased mother. She was one of over a thousand elderly people abducted on the order of the former 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. Some died at the detention sites, and others like Sanyang’s mother suffered years of illness before dying. Many in Sanyang’s village believe the elderly there were not targeted for witchcraft, but because the village had been an opposition stronghold –  Essau, Northbank Division, The Gambia.

Portraits for Positive Change Gambia - Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime - Portraits4PositiveChange portraits ©Jason Florio, the Gambia

Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime – #Portraits4PositiveChange ©Helen Jones-Florio, the Gambia

Along with making the portraits, we have been filming testimonies with each of the victims, and resisters. Here we are with our Gambian fixer and translator, in Essau, Madi. Here’s how you can help make a change.

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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.

“I will rule for a billion years if Allah wills it” Yahya Jammeh

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.

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 – Yusupha Mbye was shot by security forces whilst attending a student peaceful protest in 2000 when he was 18 years old. He was left paralyzed ©Jason Florio

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.

 in Equatorial Guinea Deposed President Jammeh waves goodbye to followers who came to see him off from Banjul International Airport as he leaves for exile in Equatorial Guinea. Jammeh ruled the Gambia for 22 years ©Jason Florio, January 2017

Deposed President Yahya Jammeh waves goodbye to followers who came to see him off from Banjul International Airport as he leaves for exile in Equatorial Guinea, January 2017 © Jason Florio 

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

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

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To view more of the portraits and read the testimonies – florio@floriophoto.com

More updates, from the Gambia, coming soon

Jason Florio

 

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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

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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

Magnum Photos + BJP Photography Workshop, London

Magnum Photos + BJP Photography workshop, London ©Jason Florio

Magnum Photos + BJP Photography workshop, London ©Jason Florio

Magnum Photos + BJP Photography Workshop, London – An inspiring weekend’s workshop: ‘NGOs Social Practice and Advocacy – Learn how to use storytelling for social change

Great brainstorming with esteemed editors, and colleagues, for my in-progress portrait project – ‘Gambia –Victims, and Resisters of a Regime‘ #Portraits4PositiveChange

Many thanks to Magnum Photos and LensCulture for the opportunity.

Jason Florio 

Magnum Photos + BJP Photography Workshop

Magnum Photos + BJP Photography workshop, London ©Jason Florio

Magnum Photos + BJP Photography workshop, London ©Jason Florio 

 

 Heading back to West Africa

November 30th, 2018

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