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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

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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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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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The Photoville FENCE - colour portrait of Gambian schoolgirl, Amie Lowe, from 'Gambia - victims, and resisters' ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

The Photoville FENCE, 2020: ‘The Gambia-victims, and resisters’

We are thrilled to be chosen for The Photoville FENCE, 2020, with ‘Gambia – victims and resisters– an ongoing multimedia body of work that began back in 2016. With the blessing of those we have photographed and filmed, our intention has always been to share their very personal and traumatic stories far and wide. Heartfelt thanks to the FENCE jurors and the Photoville team for helping us to achieve this.

The Photoville FENCE 2020 - Nana Jo Ndow holds a photograph of her father, Saul Ndow who was killed by Gambian security forces. 'Gambia - victims, and resisters' ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio
The Photoville FENCE – Nana-Jo Ndow, daughter of Saul Ndow (whose photo she is holding), 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 hits quad ‘The Junglers‘ Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio
#ThePhotovilleFENCE – ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

The Photoville FENCE is a year-round public photography project exhibited in major parks and downtowns across North America. Featuring over 90 photographers annually, the exhibition brings compelling visual stories into the public realm, and to a wide and diverse audience.

The 9th edition will be displayed in Atlanta, Brooklyn, Calgary, Denver, Durham, Houston, Metro (Fargo, W. Fargo and Moorhead), New Orleans, Sarasota, Seattle and Winchester!‘ Read/see more: The Photoville FENCE

The Photoville FENCE 2020 - Portrait of Sgt Basiru Camara and the remains of an exhumation in The Gambia. 'Gambia - victims, and resisters' ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio
The Photoville FENCE – Sgt Basiru Camara, killed by Gambian security forces in 1994 and the remains of an exhumation, Yundum Barracks, The Gambia, in 2019. Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

President Yahya Jammeh ruled The Gambia with an iron fist for twenty two years after taking control of the country with a coup in July1994. With Jammeh’s exile after electoral defeat in 2016, a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) was set up to look into his regime’s abuses. The TRRC along with victims families and local media at Yundum army Barracks where the bodies of seven murdered soldiers were exhumed. The soldiers were murdered by soldiers loyal to Jammeh for being allegedly part of a counter coup in November 1994. Witnesses say eleven soldiers were buried at the barracks, so far only seven have been found. Along with the bone fragments, electrical cables were also found that were used to bind the victims hands. The only clothing found were underwear, corroborating witness testimonies that the men were stripped almost naked before being shot.

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Gambia Portraits - Fatoumatta Sandeng, daughter of murdered activist, Solo Sandeng, whilst she was in exile in Dakar Senegal © Jason Florio
The Photoville FENCE – Fatoumatta Sandeng, daughter of murdered Gambian opposition leader, Solo Sandeng. She escaped into exile to Senegal after her father’s murder in 2016 – at the hands of Yahya Jammeh’s security forces – fearful that she would be targeted next ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio
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From 1994 -2017 President Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia, West Africa, as his own personal fiefdom, crushing dissent, and opposition, with brutality.

His personal hit squad and intelligence agency carried out tortures, and assassinations with impunity – journalists were gunned down and disappeared, ministers were jailed, students shot in cold blood, and even his own brother and sister were murdered on his orders. 

With Jammeh’s 2016 election defeat, he went into exile after a standoff with regional forces, and the victims of his regime started to come forward.

So far, over 1000 victims and their families have registered with the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations to share their stories and help build international support to bring Jammeh to justice

Exhibiting at Photoville, NYC, 2013: Teamwork ‘River Gambia – 1044km source-sea African odyssey’ expedition – Image of Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

Please vote for us and a chance for our work to be chosen for the People’s Choice Winner of the 9th edition of the Photoville FENCE!!

Cast your vote for the People’s Choice Winner of the 9th edition of the Photoville FENCE! Help decide the artist who will receive a Leica camera package and a yearlong mentorship with the Photoville team. 

Individuals may cast one vote per day from now through January 2021. 

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Header image: Gambian student, Ami Lowe.

“I grew up not knowing the love of a father. I was only three years old when he disappeared, so I don’t remember him. I only know him through what people have told me, that he was a good man, and some say he was a hero.” Amie Lowe

17 year old Amie Lowe photographed in her late father’s room, left unchanged since he was killed in 2006. Amie’s father, Lt Ebou Lowe was disappeared and executed by members of the former president, Yahya Jammeh’s hit squad, ‘the Junglers’, after he was accused of being part of a coup attempt in 2006 to overthrow the dictatorial Jammeh regime. Image ©Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

View more portraits from this on-going, multimedia, series on Jason Florio’s website floriophoto.com

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‘Gambia – victims, and resisters‘ – Binta Tunkara looking at a photo of her late father on her phone. Bintu is the daughter of murdered Gambian, Lamin Tunkara. He was part of a group of 56 West African migrants who were murdered. Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio
Watch: ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’ – short documentary about the murder of 56 West African migrants, in 2005, in The Gambia, by Yahya Jammeh’s security forces

CURRENT LOCATION: OCTOBER 2020 – THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

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