Welcome home, Mr. President!
A new era for The Gambia, West Africa
President Adama Barrow smiles at the camera during the four-hour cavalcade from Banjul International Airpor to his home, the Republic of The Gambia © Jason Florio
A triumphant and momentous day for Jan 26th, 2017: The Gambia, West Africa. Hundreds of thousands of euphoric Gambians lined the streets for miles – and miles! – to welcome home their new president, Adama Barrow. (Due to potential security risks, Barrow had exiled himself to neighbouring Senegal, where he was inaugurated at the Gambian Embassy, Dakar).
Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow, disembarks at Banjul Airport, The Gambia, after being sworn in in Dakar, Senegal, for security reasons ©Jason Florio
A new era for the Gambia – President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul Airport, from Dakar, to a monumental reception! ©Helen Jones-Florio Gambians ware ready for change. Finally, a democracy, after 22-years of the
dictatorial rule of Yayha Jammeh.
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
#GambiaHasDecided – supporters of the new President Adama Barrow, The Gambia © Jason Florio
A young Gambian man, wearing a #GambiaHasDecided t-shirt, raises the Victory sign, in celebration of the new president, Adama Barrow, Westfields, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
See the trailer for our new documentary, made for
‘ We Never Gave Up – Stories of Courage in Gambia
‘We Never Gave Up – stories of courage in Gambia’ Documentary for Amnesty International – press release
Instagram – Gambian woman celebrate the return home of their new president, Adama Barrow ©Helen Jones-Florio
Instagram – Gambians celebrate the return home of their new president, Adama Barrow ©Helen Jones-Florio
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‘