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Gambia Portraits of Victims and Resisters of a Regime © Jason Florio

 

Gambia Portraits © Jason Florio - Ebrima Jabang, Tujering, The Gambia - In april 2016 Jabang was tortured by Yahya Jammeh's dictatorial regime

Gambia Portraits © Jason Florio – Ebrima Jabang, Tujering, The Gambia, West Africa

 

Gambia portraits – Ebrima Jabang, age 64, was arrested along with the opposition activist, Solo Sandeng, during the April 14th 2016 peaceful protest for electoral reform. He was taken to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) headquarters, tied face down on a table and tortured by Yahya Jammeh’s personal hit squad, the Junglers, permanently losing the sight in is right eye among other internal injuries. Jabang said that he could hear the screams of Solo Sandeng, who was being tortured in another room. Sandeng died on the same day, as a result of being tortured.

Gambia Portraits - Fatoumatta Sandeng, daughter of murdered activist, Solo Sandeng, whilst she was in exile in Dakar Senegal © Jason Florio

Gambia Portraits – Fatoumatta Sandeng, daughter of murdered activist, Solo Sandeng, whilst she was in exile in Senegal © Jason Florio.

Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime

A Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) began in January 2019, in The Gambia, to investigate ex-president, Yahya Jammeh’s, 22-year authoritarian rule whereby mass human rights violations took place. A momentous, and historical, time for the Gambia, and Gambians to be able to speak so freely once again. For the past two years, we have had the privilege of being able to photograph and film the testimonies of victims, and resisters of the Jammeh regime

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January 26, 2017 – The new president of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, arrives home. Images © Jason Florio

 

January 26, 2017

Welcome home, Mr. President!

A new era for The Gambia, West Africa

President Adama Barrow returns, Gambia - arrives back into the country after his self-imposed exile in Senegal © jason_florio-9706

President Adama Barrow of The Republic of The Gambia © Jason Florio .

President Adama Barrow returns, Gambia

‘A new era for The Gambia – President Adama Barrow arrives home from a brief exile in Senegal. Tens of thousands lined the road from the airport – it took 4 hours to make a journey that normally would take only a quarter of an hour… it was worth every minute.’ Jason Florio

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President Adama Barrow returns, Gambia - 100's of 1000's of people welcome back their new President, Adama Barrow, of the Republic of The Gambia © Jason Florio

Hundreds of thousands of people welcome back their new President, Adama Barrow, of the Republic of The Gambia © Jason Florio.

On Dec 1st, 2016 the Gambian people voted out their autocratic President Yahya Jammeh, after 22 years in power, and elected Adama Barrow as their new president. Jammeh conceded defeat, but a week later announced that he was annulling the election results and would not step down. A grassroots movement #GambiaHasDecided emerged in reaction.

Shortly after Gambia's new President, Adama Barrow was sworn into office in the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, supporters gathered at West Field Junction in the Gambian commercial hub of Serrekunda. The ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, is just a few kilometers away in the island capital of Banjul refusing to step down. Image © Jason Florio

17th January 2017 – Shortly after Gambia’s new President, Adama Barrow was sworn into office in the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, supporters gathered at West Field Junction in the Gambian commercial hub of Serrekunda. The ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, is just a few kilometers away in the island capital of Banjul refusing to step down. Image © Jason Florio.

 

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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

Gambia Jason Florio documentary photography

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’

Humanitarian/NGO Photography – West Africa

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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.

#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.

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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