The Gambia – Portraits of Victims and the TRRC update, July 2019

The Gambia – Portraits of Victims and the TRRC update, July 2019. Images ©Jason Florio / Text by Helen Jones-Florio. Shocking and distressing revelations coming out of the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission in The Gambia over the past couple of days…particularly pertinent to those who have shared their stories with us for our on-going series, ‘Gambia-victims and resisters’ #Portraits4PositiveChange

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The Gambia: Government White Paper is out. Ex-Gambia President Jammeh will be prosecuted.

BBC World News – 26th May, 2022 “I believe justice will be done…it was welcoming news to hear that ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, will finally be prosecuted” Ayeshah Harun Jammeh – Gambia Victims Centre Talking to the BBC about the release of The Gambia government’s white paper. Ayeshah, one of many victims of the former 22-yearContinue reading “The Gambia: Government White Paper is out. Ex-Gambia President Jammeh will be prosecuted.”

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

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CAP PRIZE 2021 SHORTLIST: ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’ by Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

CAP PRIZE 2021 SHORTLIST: ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’ – Having worked and lived on and off in The Gambia since 1998, Helen Jones-Florio, my wife and collaborator, and I were personally aware of former President Yahya Jammeh’s control over society. It was not until Jammeh fled into exile in January 2017, after an astonishing election defeat, did the litany of violations under his regime start to come to light. The Gambia has been our second home and we felt it was our duty as documentarians to give face and voice to the victims, survivors, and their families. Despite hundreds of testimonies by both victims and perpetrators at the ongoing Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, many Jammeh loyalists are still in denial of the crimes, he and his cadre are now being accused of. Making it important to keep bringing the victims’ stories to public attention. Jason Florio – photographer & filmmaker

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