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The Gambia – The Victims and the Instigator. Portraits © Jason Florio

Ex-President of the Gambia - Yahya Jammeh, surrounded by his bodyguards, Roots Homecoming festival © Jason Florio

Ex-President of the Gambia – Yahya Jammeh, Roots Homecoming festival © Jason Florio

One man, many victims

The Gambia – Torture, Abuse, and Dissent

From 1994 -2017 Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia, West Africa as his own fiefdom, crushing dissent, and opposition with brutality. With Jammeh’s ouster and flight into exile, hundreds of Gambians now feel safe to come forward and speak freely about the crimes committed against them by his regime.

This portrait series is a work in progress…Jason Florio.

'Victims of Jammeh' The Gambia, West Africa - portraits by Jason Florio

‘Victims of Jammeh’ The Gambia, West Africa – portraits © Jason Florio– All rights reserved. 

 

Ex-political prisoner Ballo Kanteh shows the burns he suffered after melted plastic was dripped onto his skin by Jammeh’s notorious henchmen, the Junglers, at Mile 2 prison during his 18-year detention. For the first two years, he was held in solitary confinement in a pitch dark cell, which has permanently damaged his eyesight Jason Florio

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October 15th, 2018, sees the launch of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) – As a direct result of 22 years of authoritarian rule, human rights violations were widespread… read more on lawhubgambia.com

A prisoner shouts through the window from his cell, Mile 2 prison, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio – All rights reserved

A prisoner shouts through the window from his cell, Mile 2 prison, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio – All rights reserved.

Exclusive images from inside ousted ex-president, Yahya Jammeh’s, ‘my 5 Star Hotel’ (as he frequently called it) – the notorious Mile 2 Prison, Nov 2017.

A prisoner sits looking out of the window of his cell – Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

A prisoner sits looking out of the window of his cell – Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Gambia Victims Portraits Jason Florio

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Gambia Victims Portraits Jason Florio

Watch this space for more news, and images, from this ongoing portrait series. JF

 

Related: ‘We Never Gave Up – Stories of Courage in Gambia’ – a documentary for Amnesty International.

‘ICC: Victims of Atrocities Deserve Justice’ – interview footage of Ayeshah Jammeh (the Gambia) & Asmaou Diallo (Guinea) by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio – for Human Rights Watch.

 

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October 2018

Currently: in the UK – available for assignments

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Youtube: Jason Florio – LensCulture interview

Youtube Jason Florio LensCulture Interview

“I really hope that these pictures will break down the barriers, and get people to see them as human beings… they are not a threat, they have the same hopes and aspirations as all of us… “Jason Florio 

The European migrant crisis has receded from the public eye but continues to evolve. A veteran photojournalist offers us a wider lens on the topic, connecting the Mediterranean to the western reaches of Africa. @LensCulture.

Related posts: LensCulture/Jason Florio.

See more at floriophoto.com: ‘Destination Europe’

A Nigerian migrant pulled from a rubber boat prays onboard the MOAS rescue dingy. © Jason Florio/MOAS

A Nigerian migrant pulled from a rubber boat prays onboard the MOAS rescue dingy. © Jason Florio

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October 2018

Currently: on assignment in Tunisia

Covering Europe and Africa

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#ThrowBackWednesday: Moto taxi rider, Ebu, Mali Ville, Fouta Djallon ©Jason Florio

Moto taxi rider, Ebu, Mali Ville, Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea-Conakry © Jason Florio photography

Moto taxi rider, Ebu, Mali Ville, Fouta Djallon Highlands © Jason Florio

River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey

All images © Jason Florio

River Gambia map - source-sea

River Gambia map – source-sea

‘”It will be cheaper than taking the vehicle!” said Florio – pulling at our over-stretched  budget purse-strings – that clinched the deal!…Ebu, very convincingly, stated: “Come, we go now, now!… We will get to Kedougou in two hours… and I will also return tonight, to Mali, with a passenger from Kedougou too!”.  In actual fact, we would not reach Kedougou until 10pm that evening! If we had had even a hint that we would be on the back of those motorcycles for almost nine spine-juddering hours, not one of us would have been smiling, and joking, half as much as we did when we set off!’ Words by Helen Jones-Florio / River Gambia Expedition.

See/read more:

Moto-taxi rides down the mountains of the Fouta Djallon, River Gambia Expedition.

River Gambia Expedition

A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey

Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey

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September 2018

Currently covering Europe and Africa

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NGO photography and film © Jason Florio

Image ©Jason Florio for Village Aid / United Purpose NGO - - seed trials in rural Senegal

Image ©Jason Florio for Village Aid / United Purpose NGO – seed trials in rural Senegal for Village Aid / United Purpose

NGO photography film – Jason Florio

NGO photography film : 'Alieu' Hygiene in The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio for United Purpose

‘Alieu’ ‘Tippy Tappy’ Hygiene in The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio for United Purpose.

NGO photography film – Jason Florio

‘A Blossom Pink World’ Transgender in Guyana – a short film for International HIV/AIDS Alliance ©Jason Florio  / Zane Dedlow.

See more of Jason Florio’s work for NGO’s on his website.

 

UNICEF-SAACID wet feeding program in Mogadishu - Image © Jason Florio

UNICEFSAACID wet feeding program in Mogadishu – Image © Jason Florio

August 2018

Currently in Malta – covering Europe and Africa

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