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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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Martin Kyere, Ghana - the sole known survivor of the 2005 massacre by Gambian security forces, ordered by President Yahya Jammeh . Image © Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio 'Gambia-victims, and resisters' of a regime

Ghanaian, Martin Kyere – sole survivor of the 2005 massacre, The Gambia – testifies today at the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission

Ghanaian, Martin Kyere – sole survivor of the 2005 massacre, in The Gambia, testifies live today at the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC).

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

‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

In July 2005, over 50 West African migrants, including 44 Ghanaians were murdered in The Gambia en route to Europe. The unarmed migrants were killed by the ‘Junglers’, a death squad reporting directly to Yahya Jammeh, Gambia’s dictator at the time. Martin was the only person to escape the massacre.

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After managing to slip the rope from his wrist, Martin said: “I jumped From the pickup and into the forest. I heard the soldiers shouting at me, but I did not look back. I  ran harder…I tripped on something in the forest that brought me down and gunshots passed over me and around me. But, it was dark, so I lay still and waited until it was safe to move again. I could hear behind me “Oh God save us, Oh God save us” and gunshots”. Martin knew then that his friends were being killed. Taken from an interview with Martin, by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

Martin is now part of a campaign to bring Jammeh to Justice for himself and the families of all of those whose loved ones were executed in The Gambia, during one week in July 2005.

Poster advertising the screening of 'I Cannot Bury My Father' short documentary at the African Film Festival, New York. Director of Photography - Jason Florio

Screening of ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’ short documentary at the African Film Festival, New York. Director of Photography – Jason Florio

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Screening at the African Film Festival, NYC, 2021 – a short documentary about the 2005 massacre. Director of Photography – Jason Florio

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CURRENT LOCATION: MARCH, 2021

ABIDJAN & THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

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Header Image: Martin Kyere, in Ghana ©Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio from their ongoing series, ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

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The Gambia - Police Intervention Unit (PIU) demonstrate crowd control tactics. Image © Jason Florio

Photo of the Day: The Gambia – Police Intervention Unit (PIU) demonstrate crowd control tactics

The Gambia – Police Intervention Unit (PIU) demonstrate crowd control tactics, in the PIU grounds, to local dignitaries and EU sponsors. Image © Jason Florio / floriophoto.com

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The Gambia - Police Intervention Unit (PIU) pose for a photo. Image © Jason Florio
The Gambia – Police Intervention Unit (PIU). Image © Jason Florio

CURRENT LOCATION: DECEMBER 2020-JANUARY 2021

THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

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