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Female APRC party Supporters of the ex-president Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia wait at Banjul airport to say goodbye him as he leaves Gambia for exile in Guinee. He lost the election to Adama Barrow on December 2nd 2016 but refused to step down until today. Image ©Jason Florio

Jan 21st 2017: Gambia Has Decided. The day the ex-President, Yahya Jammeh, finally left.

On December 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.

#GambiaHasDecided

#GambiaHasDecided painted on a wall, the slogan activists used to stand up against the 22 year dictatorship of Yahya Jammeh, The Gambia. Image ©Jason Florio
In response to the incumbent, Yahya Jammeh, refusing to step down from power, a grassroots movement #GambiaHasDecided emerged. Activists initially set up billboards with the #GHD slogan, but they were soon torn down by Jammeh loyalists. Not to be intimidated or deterred the activists turned to spray painting. Image ©Jason Florio

Activists initially set up billboards with the slogan #GambiaHasDecided. The billboards were torn down by Jammeh loyalists. Not to be intimidated, the activists around the country turned to spray painting the slogan.

Deposed dictator, Yahya Jammeh, shakes hands with well-wishers at Banjul International Airport as he prepares to head to exile in Equatorial Guinea. Image ©Jason Florio
Deposed dictator, Yahya Jammeh, shakes hands with well-wishers at Banjul International Airport as he prepares to head to exile in Equatorial Guinea. Image ©Jason Florio

On January 21st, 2017,  in response to mounting international pressure, Yahya Jammeh, along with his family, finally boarded a flight and left The Gambia with Guinean President, Alpha Condé. Jammeh has since been in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

As he mounted the stairs to the plane, he turned to the crowd, kissed his Qur’an and waved one last time to supporters, including soldiers who cried at his departure. The Guardian

Gambia Has Decided: National and international press waiting at Banjul Airport for Yahya Jammeh to leave the country- Jan 21 2017. Image ©Jason Florio
Gambia Has Decided: Members of the national and international press waiting at Banjul Airport for Yahya Jammeh to leave the country- Jan 21 2017. Image ©Jason Florio

‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

Ex President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, waves goodbye to followers who came to see him off from Banjul airport as he leaves for exile in Equatorial Guinea. Image ©Jason Florio
Ex President of The Gambia waves goodbye to followers who came to see him off from Banjul airport as he leaves for exile in Equatorial Guinea. Image © Jason Florio
Supporters of the ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, of The Gambia weep at Banjul International Airport after saying goodbye to him as he leaves the Gambia for exile in Equatorial Guinea. Jammeh lost the election to Adama Barrow on December 2nd 2016 but refused to step down until today (21/01/2017)
Member of the security forces, loyal to ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, of The Gambia weep at Banjul International Airport after saying goodbye to him as he leaves the Gambia for exile in Equatorial Guinea. Jammeh lost the election to Adama Barrow on December 2nd 2016 but refused to step down until 21/01/2017. Image ©Jason Florio
Gambia Has Decided: The International press waiting at Banjul Airport for Yahya Jammeh to leave the country into exile - Jan 21 2017. Image ©Jason Florio
Gambia Has Decided: The International press waiting at Banjul Airport for Yahya Jammeh to leave the country into exile – Jan 21 2017. Image ©Jason Florio

#GambiaHasDecided

On January 26th, 2017, the new president of The Gambia,  Adama Barrow, returned home to mass celebrations. For his own safety, Barrow had exiled himself to Senegal, where, on January 19th, he took oath at the country’s embassy in Dakar.

100's of 1000's of people welcome back their new President, Adama Barrow, of the Republic of The Gambia © Jason Florio
100’s of 1000’s of people welcome back their new President, Adama Barrow, of the Republic of The Gambia © Jason Florio
President Adama Barrow of The Gambia arriving back to home crowds of well wishes estimated in the hundreds of thousands.© Jason Florio
President Adama Barrow of The Gambia arriving back to home crowds of well wishes estimated in the hundreds of thousands.© Jason Florio

CURRENT LOCATION: JANUARY 2021

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#BackintheGambia: Photographer and filmmakers, Jason Florio and Andy Thompson (Gaia Media) on location in The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

Header Image: Female APRC party supporters of the ex-president Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia wait at Banjul airport to say goodbye ‘our leader’ as he leaves The Gambia for exile in Guineé. Image ©Jason Florio

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Watch: ‘Project Trust – Security Sector Reform in The Gambia’

A short film by Jason Florio, Helen Jones-Florio, Florio Films, and Andy Thompson, Gaia Media, for DAI, funded by the European Union

‘Project Trust – Security Sector Reform in The Gambia’ for DAI

Following the turmoil of a contested presidential election in 2016, The Gambia faced an uncertain future. While the population had high expectations for the political transition, a fragile economy along with the state’s poor record in providing basic public services threatened the country’s stability. Peaceful parliamentary elections in 2017 paved the way for policymakers to restore fiscal sustainability and lay the groundwork for the country’s economic recovery. The European Union has supported the democratic transition from the outset with an ambitious budget support program that includes complementary support measures implemented by a technical assistance team… DAI

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The Gambia: Filming ‘Project Trust’. Image © Helen Jones-Florio

CURRENT LOCATION: DECEMBER 2020 – THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

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Oumie Jagne was shot twice in the arm by Gambian security forces during a peacful protests by students on April 10th 2000, who were demanding justice after a soldier raped a young student. She was a shop keeper working near by when the shooting happened and rushed to help her sister, a student who had been shot in the foot. Now she relies on her husband Lamin to cook and wash as she has no strength in her arm portrait © Jason Florio

Postal de Quarentena de Cape Point – A pandemia que ameaça a ‘costa sorridente de África’ by Jason Florio

Ensanduichada pelo Senegal e o Oceano Atlântico, a Gâmbia tem um número tão baixo de casos positivos e mortes por Covid que muitos estrangeiros preferem passar lá a “segunda vaga” do que arriscar ficar nos países ocidentais. ‘Postal de Quarentena de Cape Point’ for Renascença by Jason Florio

Feature Image: Oumie, baleada duas vezes no braço pelos soldados de Yahya Jammeh enquanto tentava salvar uma menina.

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‘Gambia – victims, and resisters, the ongoing series © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

CURRENT LOCATION: NOVEMBER 2020 – THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

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