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Witch Hunts, The Gambia, West Africa – portrait ©Jason Florio

Portrait of Sankung Balajo - victims of President Yahya Jammeh's witch hunts, The Gambia, in 2009 © Jason Florio
Sankung Balajo – victims of President Yahya Jammeh’s witch hunts, The Gambia © Jason Florio

“I was kept for five days. When they forced me to take the medicine (‘Kubehjaro’ a hallucinogenic substance), I could no longer stand up… I fell down on the ground… ” excerpt from Sankung Balajo’s interview with Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio: ‘Gambiavictims, and resisters

Witch hunts, The Gambia, West Africa: In 2009, Sankung Balajo was one of over 1000 elders abducted on the orders of then-President Yahya Jammeh. Paramilitary troops accompanied by ‘magicians’ from Guinea went from village to village as part of a nationwide hunt for witches. The alleged witches were made to drink ‘Kubehjaro’, a hallucinogenic substance, and then forced to confess to witchcraft. A number of people died during the ordeal, due to drinking the liquid and as a result of severe beatings, and several deaths followed due to health complications, such as kidney failure.

‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

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Jason Florio interviewing Sankung Balajo, Essau, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

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Instagram – Jason Florio Photojournalist and Filmmaker

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Top row – L-R: Photoville 2019, NYC; Remembering 9/11; fellow passenger, flying from the UK-USA

Middle row – L-R: Dog catchers, Nigeria; motor taxis ‘okadas’, Nigeria; fellow passengers, flying from Nigeria-Ghana

Bottom Row – L-R: all three images from Nigeria

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Above images from documentary filming, in Ghana; Gambia – victims, and resisters (#Portraits4PositiveChange); ‘Destination Europe’ (migrant/refugee rescues)

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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
Image © Jason Florio for The Telegraph, UK

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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