“IT WAS WRONG AND I AM SORRY” Edward David Singhateh Former Defense minister Edward Singhateh admitted ordering the execution of several soldiers on November 11, 1994, in his much-awaited testimony yesterday October 17 before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, in The Gambia. A former n° 2 of the military junta, he asked for forgiveness while denying […]
We are thrilled to be chosen for The Photoville FENCE, 2020, ‘The Gambia victims, and resisters’ a longterm multimedia project by Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio, about Gambians who lived their life under the brutal 22-year dictatorship of President Yahya Jammeh in the tiny West African country.
‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’. This multi-media series is a work in progress which began at the end of 2016, just before then-President, Yahya Jammeh, was ousted after a 22-year dictatorial rule. Helen Jones-Florio and I, have many more portraits to make, and testimonies to film. We are forever indebted to all those who have shared their stories with us so far. Jason Florio – photographer and filmmaker
The tiny West African republic, The Gambia, is a popular winter-sun holiday destination for Europeans. However, most tourists have little idea of the dark and shattered underbelly of ‘The Smiling Coast of Africa’, as the Gambia is fondly called. From 1994 -2017 President Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia as his fiefdom, crushing dissent, and opposition with brutality. His […]