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NatGeo - opening shot of an article about the Gambia, with red colobus monkeys swinging in the trees. Image ©Jason Florio

NatGeo Travel: Exploring the Gambia’s new Ninki Nanka Trail. Images ©Jason Florio

NatGeo Travel – ‘Exploring the Gambia’s new Ninki Nanka Trail.’ Words by James R.Patterson / Images ©Jason Florio

Ninki Nanka’s appearance is hard to corroborate, with descriptions varying from tribe to tribe. For some, it combines the head of a crocodile with the body of a donkey; for others, it’s a blend of hippopotamus and giraffe. To others still, it’s simply a large snake. Not that seeing it is desirable — its one consistent trait is its fatal stare. Francis’ eyes comb the nearshore. “It’s believed that if you see the Ninki Nanka — purple glossy starling! — you’ll die.” Words by James R.Patterson/NatGeo Travel

Featured Image: Western red colobus monkeys swinging through a jungle canopy is just one of the wildlife sightings on offer along Gambia’s new Ninki Nanka Trail.  Image © Jason Florio

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CCIJ: 'The Gambia's Water Paradox' - a young Gambian girl washes her face at an outdoor borehole - images ©Jason Florio

CCIJ – Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism – ’The Gambia’s Water Paradox’

CCIJ Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism – ’The Gambia’s Water Paradox’ . How a country with plentiful water resources is failing to provide safe water to its people.

More than 45.3% of The Gambia’s population is relying on contaminated water sources. CCIJ

CCIJ: 'The Gambia's Water Paradox' - a young Gambian girl fills her bucket with water at an outdoor borehole as other women stand in line to fill their containers- images ©Jason Florio
CCIJ: ‘The Gambia’s Water Paradox’ Images ©Jason Florio

’The Gambia’s Water Paradox’ 

Many studies have reported a range of health problems due to increased salinity exposure through drinking, cooking and bathing. CCIJ

Words by Lamin Jahateh. Images by Jason Florio for CCIJ – read/see more…’The Gambia’s Water Paradox’ 

CCIJ: ‘The Gambia’s Water Paradox’ Drone footage, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

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Displaced Persons, Panjshir Valley Arrival into the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan from Tajikistan with Northern Alliance fighters ©Jason Florio

An Afghan Diary, 2000 & 2001. Images ©Jason Florio

An Afghan Diary: For those of who have had the privilege to have spent time in Afghanistan, I am sure all hearts go out to the extraordinary people who are on the verge of facing another surge of uncertainty as the US troops prepare to leave on Sept 11 2021. Jason Florio

An Afghan Diary – 2000 & 2001

My journey to the Taliban-controlled region of Afghanistan in August 2000 was in fact not planned. I was on my way to Kashmir to follow the ‘jihad trail’ when I got a call to join my colleague and writer Pepe Escobar, who was working on jihad stories on the Pakistan-Afghan border – he said: “This is (Afghanistan) where it’s really happening…”.

An Afghan Diary, 2000 & 2001. Children playing on destroyed Russian tank, Panjshir Valley, AfghanistanBlack and white Images ©Jason Florio
An Afghan Diary, 2000 & 2001: Children playing on destroyed Russian tank, Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan. Image ©Jason Florio

Crossing the Afghanistan-Pakistan border by foot at the Khyber pass we spent two weeks driving through the heart of Taliban-Afghanistan to try and get a clear understanding of who the Taliban were and how they held such sway over the populace. We felt we had dropped through a tear in the space-time fabric to the surreal land of corrupted ancient ideologies spouted from the mouths kohl-eyed men driving brand-new Toyota 4×4’s, where photography was outlawed – and because of which, we were arrested on two occasions.

To follow the full story on Afghanistan we knew we also need it to head to the north-east to meet the Taliban opposition, the Northern Alliance, who controlled that portion of the country. This we could not do until a year later in August 2001.

Gender Equality Afghanistan - Secret Home School for Girls - image © Jason Florio
An Afghan Diary, 2000 & 2001: Secret Home School for Girls, Afghanistan. Image ©Jason Florio

Our first attempt to cross the border from Pakistan to the Northern Alliance area disguised as women wearing full covering burqas failed. We then spent the next three weeks organizing a ride into the country via Tajikistan on a Russian helicopter operated by the Northern Alliance.

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August 2001 I went to Afghanistan to photograph a war, all was quiet. I returned to my home in Greenwich Village, New York City on September 5th. Six days later the war came to me. JF

Being in the north-east was like being in Shangri-La compared to our time with the Taliban. We worked fairly freely and were eventually granted an interview with the legendary commander, Ahmed Shah Massoud. Despite our two successful Afghan journeys, we felt that the world at the end of August 2001 the media cared little about what was happening in this harsh land.

An Afghan Diary, 2000 & 2001.Women in burqa's, wearing fancy Chinese plastic shoes, Faizabad, Afghanistan Black and white Images ©Jason Florio
An Afghan Diary, 2000 & 2001. Women in burqa’s, wearing fancy Chinese plastic shoes, Faizabad. Images ©Jason Florio

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CURRENT LOCATION: APRIL, 2021

 THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

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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

#GambiaHasDecided

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

 THE GAMBIAWEST AFRICA

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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