IRIN NEWS ‘2017: A year of humanitarian crises in photos’ – images ©Jason Florio

IRIN NEWS - a rubber dinghy, packed with over 120 migrants and refugees, in the Mediterranean Sea - image ©Jason Florio/MOAS
IRIN NEWS – a rubber dinghy, packed with over 120 migrants and refugees – image ©Jason Florio/MOAS

 

IRIN NEWS

‘2017: A year of humanitarian crises in photos’

IRIN NEWS - Ibrima Gaye, 17, from Gambia, on board the MOAS rescue ship 'Phoenix' as he waits to be disembarked at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily ©Jason Florio
IRIN NEWS – A young Gambian boy, on board the MOAS rescue ship ‘Phoenix’ as he waits to be disembarked at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily ©Jason Florio/MOAS

 

IRIN NEWS - The Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow, received a hero’s welcome when he returned to Banjul after his makeshift inauguration in neighbouring Senegal at the end of January. Image ©Jason Florio
IRIN NEWS – The Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow, received a hero’s welcome when he returned to Banjul after his makeshift inauguration in neighbouring Senegal at the end of January. Image ©Jason Florio    

 

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Gone too soon. R.I.P. Simon Fenton – husband, father, author, adventurer… .JustGiving

Simon (R.I.P.) with his wife, Khady and children, Gulliver and Alfie - JustGiving campaign
Simon (R.I.P.) with his wife, Khady, and their children, Gulliver and Alfie – JustGiving campaign   

Two months to the day, after sharing a couple of Julebrews, we said au revoir, at Banjul airport, “see you in a couple of months“, to Simon Fenton (he was there to meet his family, coming from the UK, off the flight we were about to depart The Gambia on), we received a call, on Friday 26th May, one of those calls…, tragically Simon had died as the result of a car crash, just a few short hours before, in Senegal.

Simon was a fellow Brit and West Africaphile, writer, adventurer, guide, lodge owner, husband, to Khady, and father to two beautiful young boys – Gulliver and Alfie.

He truly was one of those wonderful human beings, who really lived his dreams, with his huge infectious smile and boundless excitement about life. Anyone who was fortunate to know Simon will pay testament to this.

For those of you that did not have the pleasure of meeting him – then, thankfully, he left two great books behind about his life in Africa… ‘Squirting Milk at Chameleons‘ and ‘Chasing Hornbills: Up to My Neck in Africa‘.

If you are able to contribute to the JustGiving page (any amount will be gratefully appreciated): ‘All donations go directly to his brother and sister-in-law’s account and will be used to cover some of the hospital costs incurred during his all-too-brief treatment, transport costs and his funeral costs in Abene, Senegal. Anything left over will be to support his wife, Khady, and their two young boys.’ Mike Webster/JustGiving

Sending much love, condolences, and support to Khady, Gulliver, Alfie, and all of Simon’s family.

Rest in peace, mate, we miss you already.

Helen & Flo 

With Simon, Khady, Gulliver & Alfie, at the Little Baobab, Abene, Casamance, Senegal
With Simon, Khady, Gulliver & Alfie, at the Little Baobab, Abene, Casamance, Senegal

To see more of what Simon’s life in West Africa was all about, check out his wonderfully descriptive blog and travel images on his Instagram page.

Press: photographing repatriated Gambians for IRIN News – images © Jason Florio

Mohammed - repatriated Gambian from Libya, by IOM - image © Jason Florio
IRIN News – Mohammed – one of 140 Gambians who was repatriated from Libya by IOM- image © Jason Florio   

 

Repatriated Gambian, Mohammed, with his uncle, Alieu, The Gambia ©Jason Florio
Repatriated Gambian, Mohammed, with his uncle, Alieu, The Gambia ©Jason Florio

 

‘Just two weeks earlier, he was languishing in a prison near Tripoli; his third spell in detention during the nine months he spent in Libya trying to board a boat to cross the Mediterranean…’ read more at IRIN News – words by Louise Hunt + additional reporting from Banjul by Jason Florio
Jason Florio photographing repatriated Gambian, Mohammed, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
Jason Florio photographing repatriated Gambian, Mohammed, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

YOUTUBE: River Gambia – source-sea 1044km African Odyssey ©Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

We can’t promote this beautiful tiny West African country enough – after all the turmoil The Gambia has experienced. In particular, recently. Following, is from our extensive archive of travels and adventures, in and around the country:

We did it! We completed the River Gambia Expedition23rd November 2012 – 21st January 2013 – after almost 400km overland in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry into Senegal and then putting our two canoes into the water in Kedougou – we paddled (no engine!) over 700km of the River Gambia to its end, at the Atlantic Ocean in Banjul, The Gambia.

During our travels, we bounced and rattled down the mountains of the Fouta Djallon on the back of motorcycle taxis; hung out with gold miners in Senegal; drank attayah tea with village chiefs and elders; dodged very angry hippos on the River Gambia; and, as we paddled on the increasingly widening ocean-like river, we battled the wind and waves, as we neared the Atlantic Ocean and the end of our journey…’ see more on the River Gambia Expedition blog

#LoveGambia

Helen Jones-Florio & Jason Florio

Co-expedition leaders/Photographers

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You may also be interested in ‘A Short Walk in the African Bush – 930km African odyssey‘. We walked around The Gambia, completely by foot – ‘bi tamala singo lah

'Silfando' Village chief, Herouna Tunkara and his horse ©Jason Florio
‘Silafando’ Village chief, Herouna Tunkara and his horse © Jason Florio