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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Photo of the Day – Gunjur Masquerade, The Gambia, West Africa

Photo of the Day: Gunjur masquerade, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio #DocumentingGambia See more of our masquerade series from West Africa floriophoto.com CURRENT LOCATION – APRIL 2021  THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA Assignment queries, and image licensing – Contact here

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International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day 2021 – in honor, and respect, of strong women, around the world. Portrait of rape survivor, and human rights activist, Gambian, Fatou ‘Toufah’ Jallow. Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

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‘I Cannot Bury My Father’ documentary – African Film Festival, New York, 2021

‘I Cannot Bury My Father’, African Film Festival – In 2005, Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh murdered 56 West African migrants out of fear they were mercenaries intending to overthrow him. The disappearance of their slain bodies robbed families of healing and closure by being unable to bury their loved ones. Isaac Mensah, one of the victim’s sons, shares the emotional toll of this atrocity and his quest for answers…

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