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 sprayed on a wall in urban Bakau, The Gambia, West Africa. Image © Jason Florio, 2017
#GambiaHasDecided sprayed on a wall in Bakau, The Gambia. Image © Jason Florio, 2017

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

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: 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’

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
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 Guineé. He lost the election to Adama Barrow on December 2nd 2016 but refused to step down until today. 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 (21/0
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 today, 21/01/2017. Image ©Jason Florio
Gambia Has Decided: the international press watch as the plane carrying ex-president of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, flies off into exile. Image © Jason Florio Jan 21st 2017
Gambia Has Decided: National and international press watch as the plane carrying ex-president of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, flies off into exile. Image © Jason Florio Jan 21st 2017

#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

President Adama Barrow returns to The Gambia, after exile in Senegal - an estimated 100,000 people lined the main roads, to welcome him home © Jason Florio
Gambia Has Decided: January 26th 2017, President Adama Barrow returns to The Gambia, after exile in Senegal – an estimated 100,000 people lined the main roads, to welcome him home © Jason Florio

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Header Image: 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

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Happy Peaceful New Year, 2021 – River Gambia, West Africa

“Be patient where you sit in the dark, the dawn is coming.” Hafiz

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Jason Florio photographs Samba, a young fisherman, River Gambia, West Africa. Image © Helen Jones-Florio

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Photographer, Jason Florio, stands high up on a water tower to photograph a female farmer, Basse, The Gambia, West Africa. Image © Helen Jones-Florio

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