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Interviewing sole survivor of massacre, Ghanaian, Martin Kyere ©Jason Florio

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

Interviewing sole survivor of a massacre, Ghanaian, Martin Kyere. Martin was one of a group of over 50 West African migrants, who were endeavouring to reach Europe when the boat they boarded in Senegal veered off course and landed in The Gambia.

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According to recent witness testimonies by members of President Yahya Jammeh’s hit squad, ‘the Junglers’, at the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) in The Gambia, they revealed that the mass execution was ordered by Jammeh himself after the migrants were accused of being mercenaries trying to overthrow the government.

The portrait of Martin was taken as part of an on-going series: ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’ – whilst filming a documentary for an NGO in Ghana.

 

Jason Florio filming in Ghana, West Africa

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Press: Daring to dream. The women and girls on HIV’s new front line, Uganda. Images ©Jason Florio

HIV's New Frontline Uganda - images ©Jason Florio
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HIV’s New Frontline Uganda – Young women in Africa are up to 14 times more likely to contract HIV than boys of the same age. Paul Nuki reports from Uganda on the sexual exploitation driving a new wave of infection – The Telegraph

HIV's New Frontline Uganda - images ©Jason Florio
HIV diagnoses among this demographic have declined in Dreams intervention districts. Image ©Jason Florio

HIV’s New Frontline Uganda

Confident at first, Fauza tells her story. Her father was a fisherman and they lived locally in a modest home, scraping a living from the Ugandan shores of Lake Victoria and its equatorial surrounds. But then she got pregnant.


“When he found out, my father chased me from home… my parents say I’m a loss to them, that I have no future… the man whose child it was said ‘I don’t want you here’.”

HIV's New Frontline Uganda - images ©Jason Florio
Two-thirds of all new infections across the region occur in young women and girls. Image © Jason Florio

Read the full feature ‘Daring to Dream’ by Paul Nuki on the Telegraph site.

Related Posts: ‘A Blossom Pink World’ film / ‘Yahya Jammeh – Herbal AIDS/HIV cure’

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Spotlight on ‘The Gambia -Victims and Resisters’ Social Documentary Network

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Image © Jason Florio – Gambia-victims and resisters / Social Documentary Network

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The Magazine of Global Documentary

ZEKE Awards -To view Jason Florio’s entry: The Gambia – victims, and resistersclick here

The jurors are now reviewing the entries and they will announce the winners by July 1, 2019. Wishing everyone who has entered the competition, the very best of luck. To view all the entries, click here

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visual stories exploring global themes

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#Portraits4PositiveChange

Gambia – Victims and resisters of a regime’, also known as ‘Portraits for Positive Change’, is a long-term, on-going body of work in collaboration with Helen Jones-Florio.

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

This is a work in progress in collaboration with the GCHRV


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Press: Le Monde Afrique – In the Gambia, the wounded faces of Yahya Jammeh’s dictatorship

Le Monde - #Portraits4PositiveChange Former deputy sheriff, Alagie Sonko was imprisoned after denouncing corruption in his service. ©Jason Florio
Le Monde – #Portraits4PositiveChange Former deputy sheriff, Alagie Sonko was imprisoned after denouncing corruption in his service. ©Jason Florio

Le Monde Afrique Gambia: British photographers Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio met dozens of victims of the former president’s regime

“I do not care what you do with my photo or my testimony,” concluded Alagie Sonko after the meeting.  It is the fact that you came to listen to me that did me the greatest good” Alagie Sonko, the GambiaLe Monde Afrique / Romain Chanson

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Portraits for Positive Change forms part of an on-going body of work also known as ‘Gambia – Victims and resisters of a regime’


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