Remembering Matt: American writer, Matthew Power (1974-2104), sits with a group of Ugandans, 2014 - black and white photo ©Jason florio

Remembering Matt Power – October 22, 1974 – March 10, 2014

Seven years ago today, the great writer and very special human being, Matt Power, passed away while we were together on an assignment in Uganda. The emotions/memories are always there, but are especially amplified on this day. My thoughts and love to Matt’s family and his friends… Jason Florio

No Way is Matt Power Gone‘ – Brad Wieners

Bloomberg Magazine

Header image © Jason Floriofloriophoto.comMatt Power, Uganda, March 2014.

Portrait of rape survivor, Gambian, Toufah Jallow - raising a fist - sitting in her family home, The Gambia. Black and white Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

International Women’s Day, 2021

International Women’s Day 2021 – in honor, and respect, of strong women, around the world.

Released today, on #IWD2021 ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’.

In this 25-minute documentary, The Toufah Foundation offers an analysis of the Gambian Truth Commission’s (TRRC) proceedings in regard to sexual and gender-based violence. Using footage from the hearings, Toufah Jallow questions the predominant attitude towards women stories, who most of the time remain unacknowledged or doubted. Parallels are made with other contexts where powerful men raped young women in total impunity for many years, such as Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein and El Chapo, the Mexican drug lord.

‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

Header Image: survivor of rape (by ex-President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh), and human rights activist, Gambian, Fatou ‘Toufah’ Jallow – raising a fist in solidarity, and strength for all women. Image ©Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio, from the ongoing series ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’

#Portraits4PositiveChange

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CURRENT LOCATION: MARCH, 2021

 THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

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Martin Kyere, Ghana - the sole known survivor of the 2005 massacre by Gambian security forces, ordered by President Yahya Jammeh . Image © Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio 'Gambia-victims, and resisters' of a regime

Ghanaian, Martin Kyere – sole survivor of the 2005 massacre, The Gambia – testifies today at the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission

Ghanaian, Martin Kyere – sole survivor of the 2005 massacre, in The Gambia, testifies live today at the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC).

Interviewing Ghanaian, Martin Kyere, sole survivor of the 2005 massacre of migrants in the Gambia ©Jason Florio
Interviewing Martin Kyere, in Ghana, Image © Jason Florio

‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

In July 2005, over 50 West African migrants, including 44 Ghanaians were murdered in The Gambia en route to Europe. The unarmed migrants were killed by the ‘Junglers’, a death squad reporting directly to Yahya Jammeh, Gambia’s dictator at the time. Martin was the only person to escape the massacre.

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After managing to slip the rope from his wrist, Martin said: “I jumped From the pickup and into the forest. I heard the soldiers shouting at me, but I did not look back. I  ran harder…I tripped on something in the forest that brought me down and gunshots passed over me and around me. But, it was dark, so I lay still and waited until it was safe to move again. I could hear behind me “Oh God save us, Oh God save us” and gunshots”. Martin knew then that his friends were being killed. Taken from an interview with Martin, by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

Martin is now part of a campaign to bring Jammeh to Justice for himself and the families of all of those whose loved ones were executed in The Gambia, during one week in July 2005.

Poster advertising the screening of 'I Cannot Bury My Father' short documentary at the African Film Festival, New York. Director of Photography - Jason Florio

Screening of ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’ short documentary at the African Film Festival, New York. Director of Photography – Jason Florio

Watch: ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’

Screening at the African Film Festival, NYC, 2021 – a short documentary about the 2005 massacre. Director of Photography – Jason Florio

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CURRENT LOCATION: MARCH, 2021

ABIDJAN & THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

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Header Image: Martin Kyere, in Ghana ©Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio from their ongoing series, ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’