Habib Touray – environmental activist, the Gambia. Portrait ©Jason Florio
Touray was jailed for protesting during the . Yahya Jammeh regime. An environmental activist, he was pulled from his house by President Jammeh’s henchman and jailed for protesting against illegal sand mining, run by Jammeh’s brother, that was having a devastating environmental impact and also destroying ladies vegetable gardens in Habib’s village Jason Florio. See more of Florio’s portraits from
IRIN NEWS – tortured under Jammeh’s rule, Gambian’s seek justice – image © Jason Florio
Mariama Saine – one of the last Gambian’s to be arrested and tortured under Jammeh’s regime – portrait © Jason Florio “They were beating me while I could hear the election results being announced on a television,” said Saine. “When Jammeh was ahead in the polls, the meanest one kicked me and said ‘Tomorrow, your head will be on a plate’. I was really scared.” read more
“Not only for my case. I want to see all those people who have committed these atrocities prosecuted, all of them.” – Mariama Saine interview for IRIN News – image © Helen Jones-Florio
‘Documenting a Past Regime – ex-Mile II prisoners, The Gambia‘
Ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, with his ever-present security force ©Jason Florio
From 1994 -2017 Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia, West Africa as his own fiefdom, crushing dissent, and opposition with brutality. With Jammeh’s ouster and flight into exile, hundreds of Gambians now feel safe to come forward and speak freely about the crimes committed against them by his regime.
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Jugana Susso, was arrested and detained during a peaceful demonstration by President Jammeh’s feared security services ©Jason Florio.
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“We Never Gave Up: Stories of Courage in Gambia” watch the documentary trailer Image © Helen Jones-Florio (inside Mile2 prison)
“We Never Gave Up: Stories of Courage in Gambia” free doc screening, Aug 13th, London. Image © Helen Jones-Florio ( inside Mile2 prison)
Watch the trailer on Vimeo – ‘We Never Gave Up-stories of courage in Gambia’
Ever wondered what it was like to be a human rights defender in during GAMBIA Yahya Jammeh’s regime?
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free screening of the full documentary, in London – and how to register – please visit Amnesty Internationals twitter feed.
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