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Victims of Sexual Gender-Based Violence – TRRC, The Gambia

Victim of sexual violence, Bintu Nyabally, testifies at Gambia's TRRC. Bintu was raped by two masked security men whilst in police custody. Image ©Jason Florio
Victim of sexual violence, Bintu Nyabally, testifies at Gambia’s TRRC. Image ©Jason Florio

 “No, this was done to me, and I want
justice…these men should be punished” Bintu Nyabally, victim of sexual violence whilst in police custody

The Gambia, West Africa, October 14th, 2019 – Bintu Nyabally, gave her testimony to the Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC). Bintu was arrested on 9th May 2016, after leaving the court hearing of Ousainou Darboe, a member of the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), in Banjul. She was attending in solidarity for her uncle, opposition activist and UDP member, Solo Sandeng, who was beaten to death whilst in police custody in April 2016.

Gambia – victims, and resisters

During her detention, Bintu said that she was raped by two different security officers, wearing masks. When we met her in December 2018, to make her portrait, and film her testimony, we asked her if she would prefer that we disguise her identity in the photograph. Bintu’s adamant response was, “No! this was done to me, and I want justice… these men should be punished!

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Victim of rape and beatings by Gambian security forces, The Gambia - portrait by Jason Florio
Bintu Nyabally – portrait ©Jason Florio. From the series ‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters

The TRRC is an independent Gambian institution mandated to conduct research and investigations into human rights violations committed under the presidency of Yahya Jammeh. The Commission further aims to prevent a repetition of the violations and abuses suffered under the past regime by making recommendations to government and citizens aimed at ensuring the crimes of the past never recur in The Gambia. TRRC Homepage

Memorial march for victims of the former regime of Yahya Jammeh, Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio
Peaceful march for victims of the former regime of Yahya Jammeh, Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa, 2018 © Jason Florio

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Instagram – Jason Florio Photojournalist and Filmmaker

Instagram Jason Florio Photojournalist and Filmmaker
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Top row – L-R: Photoville 2019, NYC; Remembering 9/11; fellow passenger, flying from the UK-USA

Middle row – L-R: Dog catchers, Nigeria; motor taxis ‘okadas’, Nigeria; fellow passengers, flying from Nigeria-Ghana

Bottom Row – L-R: all three images from Nigeria

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Above images from documentary filming, in Ghana; Gambia – victims, and resisters (#Portraits4PositiveChange); ‘Destination Europe’ (migrant/refugee rescues)

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Interviewing sole survivor of massacre, Ghanaian, Martin Kyere ©Jason Florio

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

Interviewing sole survivor of a massacre, Ghanaian, Martin Kyere. Martin was one of a group of over 50 West African migrants, who were endeavouring to reach Europe when the boat they boarded in Senegal veered off course and landed in The Gambia.

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According to recent witness testimonies by members of President Yahya Jammeh’s hit squad, ‘the Junglers’, at the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) in The Gambia, they revealed that the mass execution was ordered by Jammeh himself after the migrants were accused of being mercenaries trying to overthrow the government.

The portrait of Martin was taken as part of an on-going series: ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’ – whilst filming a documentary for an NGO in Ghana.

 

Jason Florio filming in Ghana, West Africa

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Press: Daring to dream. The women and girls on HIV’s new front line, Uganda. Images ©Jason Florio

HIV's New Frontline Uganda - images ©Jason Florio
Image © Jason Florio for The Telegraph, UK

HIV’s New Frontline Uganda – Young women in Africa are up to 14 times more likely to contract HIV than boys of the same age. Paul Nuki reports from Uganda on the sexual exploitation driving a new wave of infection – The Telegraph

HIV's New Frontline Uganda - images ©Jason Florio
HIV diagnoses among this demographic have declined in Dreams intervention districts. Image ©Jason Florio

HIV’s New Frontline Uganda

Confident at first, Fauza tells her story. Her father was a fisherman and they lived locally in a modest home, scraping a living from the Ugandan shores of Lake Victoria and its equatorial surrounds. But then she got pregnant.


“When he found out, my father chased me from home… my parents say I’m a loss to them, that I have no future… the man whose child it was said ‘I don’t want you here’.”

HIV's New Frontline Uganda - images ©Jason Florio
Two-thirds of all new infections across the region occur in young women and girls. Image © Jason Florio

Read the full feature ‘Daring to Dream’ by Paul Nuki on the Telegraph site.

Related Posts: ‘A Blossom Pink World’ film / ‘Yahya Jammeh – Herbal AIDS/HIV cure’

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