TRIAL: The Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Images ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

Trial International - a group portrait of a Ghanaian family whose son was murdered by Gambian security forces. Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

TRIAL- International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, 2021. Images by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio, taken from their long-term multimedia series, ‘Gambia-victims, and Resisters’

The Victims of Enforced Disappearances

It’s not uncommon for States to do away with bothersome individuals and ensure their grip on the people by threatening them of sudden disappearance. Enforced disappearances are a grave violation of human rights, especially when widespread and carried out systematically. They are considered a crime against humanity... read/see more at TRIAL International

Press - Jason Florio: Trial International - Portraits fo the victims of Yahya Jammeh, ex-president of The Gambia ©Jason Florio
Press: Trial International – Portraits fo the victims of Yahya Jammeh, ex-president of The Gambia ©Jason Florio


CAP PRIZE SHORTLIST 2021: Fatou 'Toufah' Jallow survivor of rape. ‘Toufah’. The rape ordeal perpetrated by the then-President, Yahya Jammeh. . Images ©Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio
Yahya Jammeh ruled The Gambia with an iron fist for twenty two years after taking control of the country with a coup in July1994. With Jammeh’s exile after electoral defeat in 2016, a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) was set up to look into his regime’s abuses. The TRRC along with victims families and local media at Yundum army Barracks where the bodies of seven murdered soldiers were exhumed. The soldiers were murdered by soldiers loyal to Jammeh for being allegedly part of a counter coup in November 1994. Witnesses say eleven soldiers were buried at the barracks, so far only seven have been found. Along with the bone fragments, electrical cables were also found that were used to bind the victims hands. The only clothing found were underwear, corroborating witness testimonies that the men were stripped almost naked before being shot. Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

Current location: The Gambia, West Africa

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