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West African men punt a raft carrying a water pump, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

Podcast: Rogue Hippos! & Photographing During a Dictatorshop – Jason Florio

Podcast: Rogue Hippos! & Photographing During a Dictatorshop – Jason Florio talks with Neale James/The Photography Daily Show, about living and working in The Gambia, West Africa.

Podcast: Rogue Hippos! & Photographing During a Dictatorshop – Jason Florio

Today two stories featuring humanitarian photojournalist Jason Florio. In the first we talk about a photo expedition he took with his wife and business partner Helen Jones-Florio along the Gambia River, which sounds beautifully romantic and exotic in equal measure, but doesn’t come without its wildlife challenges as you’re about to find out. And then in part two of our conversation, we discuss moving to Africa, living initially under a regime that didn’t encourage open documentary work or journalism or indeed anyone who might want to talk of uncomfortable truths in a country which has the motto, progress, peace and prosperity. Listen to the podcast at The Photography Daily Show

A woman checks her traps on the River Gambia, Senegal, in the early hours of the morning, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio
A migrant fisherwoman checks her traps on the River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio
River Gambia Expedition – 10044km source-sea African odyssey
Podcast: Rogue Hippos! & Photographing During a Dictatorshop – Jason Florio
'Gambia-victims, and resisters' AKJ was shot by Gambian security forces during a student protest in 2000. Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio
‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’ AKJ was shot by Gambian security forces during a student protest in 2000. Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio
‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

“We want answers and we want justice, and we will not give up until those who are responsible are held accountable.” Nana-Jo Ndow, human rights activist and founder of ANEKED, whose father was murdered by Yahya Jammeh’s security forces

CAP PRIZE SHORTLIST 2021:Nana-Jo Ndow, daughter of Saul Ndow, holding a picture of her father who, in 2013, was forcibly disappeared from Senegal by Gambian security forces and murdered ©Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio
(LEFT) Nana-Jo Ndow, daughter of Saul Ndow, holding a picture of her father who, in 2013, was forcibly disappeared from Senegal, along with Mahawa Cham, former Gambian MP. Witness testimonies revealed that they had been abducted and taken over the border into The Gambia, where they were both killed by Jammeh’s security forces in Jammeh’s home village. “We want answers and we want justice, and we will not give up until those who are responsible are held accountable.” (RIGHT) One of three crocodile pools in former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh’s home village. It is alleged that a number of Jammeh’s victms were dropped into local wells and some thrown to the crocodiles to destroy the evidence.Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio
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WATCH: ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘. Footage ©Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

Huge thanks to Neale James at the Photography Daily Show for inviting me to share our West Africa experiences.

JF

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A fisherman paddles past the sandstone banks of River Gambia at Goloumbou, Senegal, West Africa. The water level in the rainy season will reach close to the top of the banks. Image ©Jason Florio - River Gambia Expedition
‘River Gambia Expedition-1044km source-sea African odyssey‘ Image ©Jason Florio

‘Speak a new language…so that the world will be a new world’ Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

Image © Jason Florio – A fisherman paddles along the River Gambia at Goloumbou, Senegal, West Africa. From the ‘River Gambia Expedition-1044km source-sea African odyssey series

#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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