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
The Gambia, West Africa. Ten’s of thousands of euphoric Gambians lined the streets for miles – and miles! (an estimated over 100,000 Gambians flocked the main road) – to welcome home their new president, Adama Barrow. Due to potential security risks, Barrow had briefly 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
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
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2019 – Currently working on ‘
Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime‘ #Portraits4PositiveChange BEING SOCIAL
Jason Florio – making #Portraits4PositiveChange, the Gambia – image, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
On location, in
The Gambia: Yesterday Jason Florio photographed Yusepha, who was shot in the back by the regime’s security forces, during a Yahya Jammeh peaceful student protest in April 2000. He is paralyzed from the neck down. He was just 18 years old.
The was the killing of 14 people (and one accidental death) by Gambian police officers and soldiers on the 10 April 2000 at a student protest in Banjul, the Gambia. April 2000 Gambian student massacre
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Jugana Susso, was arrested and detained during a peaceful demonstration by President Jammeh’s feared security services ©Jason Florio
December 2018-January 2019
We will be in The Gambia, West Africa, end of November, and available for assignments in the region
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Prisoners watch TV in their dorm-like cell block, MILE 2 prison, Gambia ©Jason Florio Exclusive images, inside the notorious
Mile2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa – Ex-President, Yahya Jammeh, referred to it as ‘my 5 -star hotel‘.
The exercise yard come laundry space, MILE 2 prison – image © Helen Jones-Florio
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Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia – the exercise yard of the Remand Wing – image
Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia – a prisoner looks out from his cell in the maximum security block– image ©Helen Jones-Florio.
‘ work in progress – portraits by Jason Florio. Victims of Torture, Abuse, and Dissent‘
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. This is a work in progress…
Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia – prisoners in the main exercise yard of the prison – image ©Helen Jones-Florio.
Watch the trailer for: ‘
We Never Gave Up – ‘ made for Stories of courage in Gambia Amnesty International. The documentary tells the stories of human rights defenders fighting against former-President Jammeh’s oppressive state.
Watch “We Never Gave Up: Stories of Courage in Gambia” – trailer for Amnesty International
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