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River Gambia Expedition – featured in Safari254

SAFARI254 - The source of the River Gambia, Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea-Conakry ©Jason Florio
SAFARI254 – The source of the River Gambia, Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea-Conakry ©Jason Florio

My wife, Helen Jones-Florio, and I co-led the first recorded source-to-sea expedition along the length of River Gambia, from its humble source in the remote highlands of Guinea, through Senegal and into The Gambia where it widens to nearly 14km and exits into the Atlantic Ocean. We teamed up with two old Gambian friends, Abdou Ndong a fisherman and Ebou Jarju a school teacher, as our river guide and translator… Jason Florio / Safari254.com

Generator transport A team punt a raft carrying a water pump that will be used to irrigate banana plantations that flank the river banks in Senegal
SAFARI254 – A team punt a raft carrying a water pump that will be used to irrigate banana plantations that flank the river banks in Senegal © Jason Florio

The expedition took two months to cover the 1044km from source-to-sea…

The River Gambia – source to sea map ©Jason Florio

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We made it! The River Gambia Expedition team reach the Atlantic Ocean (on Jason's birthday!), The Gambia, West Africa, Jan 21st 2013
We made it! The River Gambia Expedition team reach the Atlantic Ocean (on Jason’s birthday!), The Gambia, West Africa, Jan 21st 2013

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March-April 2019 – Currently working on

Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime‘ in The Gambia, West Africa

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Photography Exhibition: ‘Portraits to Remember’ – victims and resisters, The Gambia, West Africa

Exhibiting for the first time, portraits from the on-going series, ‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime‘ taken over the past two years in The Gambia, and Senegal.

We are delighted to be part of this group show and it’s truly an honour to be able to have the opening, in The Gambia, at the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations, who we have been collaborating with over the last few months.

Photography Exhibition Invite 'Portraits to Remember', The Gambia, West Africa - image © Jason Florio - the hands of Chief Ibrima Manneh's father. Chief 'disappeared' and was later murdered by Yahya Jammeh's hench men

Invite image © Jason Florio – Sarjo Manneh, holding photos of his son, well-known journalist, Chief Ibrima Manneh shaking hands with President of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh. Chief was later abducted by state security forces and, according to informants, subsequently murdered on Jammeh’s instructions after he wrote an article about term limits for the Gambian presidency. His body has, to this day, never been found.

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I believe in the power of photos to create change and also give a voice to a person or community! Jeanny Tsai, photographer – supporter of GoFundMe/Gambia-Victims and Resisters

Amie Bayo - portrait, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio 'Gambia - Victims and Resisters of a Regime',
Amie Bayo – portrait © Jason Florio ‘Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime’
24-year-old, Amie, a kindergarten teacher was part of a peaceful protest in 2016 when she was picked up by members of the former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh’s, security forces. She was held incommunicado for 10 days at one of their detention sites. She was subjected to beatings with steel pipes and regularly doused in freezing water. One of her fellow protestors was subjected not only to the beatings but to gang rape by three masked police officers. See more on my website floriophoto.com

We are indebted to all the subjects who have invited us into their homes, their lives, so far, and shared their harrowing stories with us – none of this would be happening without you. Huge thanks to all the team at the Victims Centre, and the Goerte Institute for their support of the exhibition.

And, last but not least, everyone who has supported our GoFundMe campaign, your support and words of encouragement, over these last few months, has been incredible. Because of you, we are able to be in the Gambia today, to carry on building this body of work.

The exhibition is open to all – if you are in the Gambia, please come along!

Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

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Jan 19, 2017- The new president of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, inauguration, Senegal, West Africa

President Adama Barrow’s inauguration day Image © Jason Florio, Bakau, The Gambia, 2017

19th January 2017: Wally Sanyang and his friends watching the inauguration on T.V. of their new president, Adama Barrow, who is in the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. Meanwhile, ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, refuses to cede power and remains in the State House in the Gambian capital of Banjul. ECOWAS troops, from neighboring West African countries, enter the country to help prevent a coup by Gambian troops loyal to Jammeh

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A Red Cross coordinator, two days after dictator, Yahya Jammeh, fled into exile, holding The Daily Observer, showing the front page depicting the news of Adama Barrow’s inauguration – which took place at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, in neighbouring Senegal, because the authorities felt the country was not secure enough for Barrow to return.

February 18th, 2017: President Adama Barrow’s arrival to the Independence Stadium, Bakau, for his inauguration, The Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio

An incredible day in the history of The Gambia, West Africa – February 18th, 2017. A rapturous welcome, and a time of hope – after the 22-year dictatorial rule of Yayha Jammeh –  as tens of thousands of Gambians, welcome home their new president, Adama Barrow who, when the ousted Jammeh refused to step down, for his own safety exiled himself to neighbouring Senegal.

Happy Independence Day to The Gambia, and the Gambians!

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2019 – Currently working on

Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime

#Portraits4PositiveChange

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Inside Mile 2 Prison, Gambia, West Africa – images © Jason Florio

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, the Gambia, West Africa, Nov 2017. Taken whilst making the ‘We Never Gave Up – Stories of Courage in Gambia’ documentary for Amnesty International.

 

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

 

These, plus more exclusive images from Mile 2 are available for licensing.

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‘Chop’ time at Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia – food prepared in the prison kitchen, ready to be distributed to prisoners in the remand centre block – image © Jason Florio. All rights reserved

‘Chop’ time at Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia – food prepared in the prison kitchen, ready to be distributed to prisoners in the remand centre block – image © Jason Florio. All rights reserved.

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