‘Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime’ Update

‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters  of a Regime’ 

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We’ve been busy these last couple of months, working predominantly on the portraits of victims and resisters in our second home of The Gambia. This is a work-in-progress, which we began two years ago. We also got asked to make a documentary for Amnesty International, which should be available to view in its entirety next month. See the trailer on our Vimeo page.

Along with making the portraits, we are filming the testimonies of all the victims and resisters of the Yahya Jammeh 22 year regime. More on this at a later date.

 

Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime – ©Jason Florio, the Gambia
Dodou Sanyang, Gambia – portrait ©Jason Florio.

 

Dodou Sanyang in the room of his recently deceased mother. She was one of over a thousand elderly people abducted on the order of the former president, Yahya Jammeh in 2009. Groups of Jammeh’s paramilitary troops along with his youth brigade, The Green Boys and ‘magicians’ from Guinea went from village to village as part of a nationwide hunt for witches.

The alleged witches were held for up to five days in secret locations and made to drink ‘Kubehjaro’, a hallucinogenic substance, and then forced to confess to witchcraft. Some were also severely beaten and robbed by their captors. Some died at the detention sites, and others like Sanyang’s mother suffered years of illness before dying. Many in Sanyang’s village believe the elderly there were not targeted for witchcraft, but because the village had been an opposition stronghold –  Essau, Northbank Division, The Gambia. Image ©Jason Florio.

Oumie Jagne was shot twice in the arm by Gambian security forces during a peacful protests by students on April 10th 2000 © Jason Florio Gambia
Oumie Jagne, Gambia – portrait © Jason Florio.

 

Oumie Jagne was shot twice in the arm by Jammeh regime security forces after she was caught up in the student protests of April 10/11 2000. She was at her small shop when the shooting of unarmed students began and attempted to help a young girl who had been shot in the foot. While pulling the girl to safety, Oumie was fired upon and suffered life-changing injuries, almost severing her left arm. She is one of over 1000 victims registered at the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations – Bakau, The Gambia. Image ©Jason Florio.

‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters  of a Regime’ 

See more from this on-going series of portraits on Jason Florio’s website floriophoto.com

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E-Presiden, Yahya Jammeh, leaves the Gambia - 21/1/207 ©Jason Florio

 

From 1994 -2017 President Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia, West Africa, as his own personal fiefdom, crushing dissent, and opposition, with brutality.

“I will rule for a billion years if Allah wills it” Yahya Jammeh

His personal hit squad and intelligence agency carried out tortures, and assassinations with impunity – journalists were gunned down and disappeared, ministers were jailed, students shot in cold blood, and even his own brother and sister were murdered on his orders.

Gambia Has Decided

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Instagram @floriotravels. Images © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio
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If you would like to know how you can help us to make more #Portraits4PositiveChange, please check out our GoFundMe page.

More updates, coming soon

Helen Jones-Florio & Jason Florio.

Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio, Essau, The Gambia. Image courtesy Madi Sonko
Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio, Essau, The Gambia. Image courtesy Madi Sonko

 

 

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Jason Florio – making #Portraits4PositiveChange, The Gambia

Photographer, Jason Florio, making #Portraits4PositiveChange, the Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio
Photographer, Jason Florio, making #Portraits4PositiveChange, the Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio.

 

‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime’ 

#Portraits4PositiveChange

 

From 1994 -2017 President Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia, West Africa, as his own personal fiefdom, crushing dissent, and opposition, with brutality.

His personal hit squad and intelligence agency carried out tortures, and assassinations with impunity – journalists were gunned down and disappeared, ministers were jailed, students shot in cold blood, and even his own brother and sister were murdered on his orders.

With Jammeh’s 2016 election defeat, he went into exile after a standoff with regional forces, and the victims of his regime started to come forward.

So far, over 1000 victims and their families have registered with the Gambia Centre for Human Rights Violations to share their stories and help build international support to bring Jammeh to justice

This is a work in progress in collaboration with the GCHRV

 

Portraits4PositiveChange, Gambia - Ami Bayo ©Jason Florio
Portrait of Ami Bayo, the Gambia ©Jason Florio.

 

See more from ‘Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime’ by Jason Florio on his website floriophoto.com. Find out how you can be part of #Portraits4PositiveChange on our GoFundMe page.

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful 2019

Helen Jones-Florio & Jason Florio 

Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio, Essau, The Gambia. Image courtesy Madi Sonko
Essau, The Gambia. Image courtesy Madi Sonko, Dec 2018

 

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Open Society Foundation Instagram Takeover – images ©Jason Florio  'Gambia-Victims and Resisters of a Regime
Open Society Foundation Instagram Takeover – images ©Jason Florio

 

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Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime’

 

‘Jason Florio shares his images from his ongoing series on citizens of the Gambia who were tortured under the regime of former President Yahya Jammeh, and who are now stepping forward and demanding justice.’  Open Society Foundation.

Jason Florio at work - making #Portraits4PositiveChange, #Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

December 2018 – we are back in the Gambia, West Africa. Cell phones on silent please! Jason Florio at work – making #Portraits4PositiveChange.

To read more about why we are doing this project – GoFundMe. And, see more from this ongoing series at floriophoto.com.

For assignments in the region, please  contact us here or via Jason’s website

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A peaceful vigil by families of victims of Yahya Jammeh's regime, to demand that the #Gambian government release the bodies of exhumed victims and to open a dialogue the families, #Banjul, The #Gambia ©Jason Florio
A peaceful vigil by families of victims of Yahya Jammeh’s regime, to demand that the Gambian government release the bodies of exhumed victims and to open a dialogue the families, Banjul, The Gambia ©Jason Florio.

 

Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio – photographers, and filmmakers

Huge thanks you to everyone who has donated and supported our GoFundMe campaign, so far – ‘Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime‘, #Portraits4PositiveChangeThe portraits we make will be used as tools of advocacy, and in exhibitions, to help bring the former dictator, Yahya Jammeh, to justice.

I believe that these stories must be told to ensure the greatest chance of achieving justice and reconciliation. GFM donor, T.Kellow

We are edging closer to reaching our GFM goal. Please share, and/or donate, if you can (every spare $5 will be greatly appreciated), be part of the change, and help us to carry on making an extensive, important, body of work, in The Gambia.

A work-in-progress…

See the portraits which have been produced, so far, in The Gambia (and Senegal) on Jason Florio’s website, floriophoto.com

Portrait: Fatoumatta Sandeng, daughter of murdered Gambian opposition leader, Solo Sandeng. She escaped into exile to Senegal after her father's murder in 2016 - at the hands of Yahya Jammeh's security forces - fearful that she would be targeted next ©Jason Florio
Fatoumatta Sandeng, daughter of murdered Gambian opposition leader, Solo Sandeng. She escaped into exile to Senegal after her father’s murder in 2016 – at the hands of Yahya Jammeh’s security forces – fearful that she would be targeted next ©Jason Florio.

‘Jason is making important work, again!’ GFM donor Julie Grahame/aCurator

Jason Florio photographs Ballo Kanteh - an ex-political prisoner, he shows the burns he suffered after melted plastic was dripped onto his skin by Jammeh's hit-squad, the Junglers. Kanteh spent 18-year detention at the notorious Mile 2 prison - for the first two years, he was held in solitary confinement in a pitch dark cell, which has permanently damaged his eyesight. Image © Helen Jones-Florio
Jason Florio photographs Ballo Kanteh – an ex-political prisoner, he shows the burns he suffered after melted plastic was dripped onto his skin by Jammeh’s hit-squad, the Junglers. Kanteh spent 18-year detention at the notorious Mile 2 prison – for the first two years, he was held in solitary confinement in a pitch dark cell, which has permanently damaged his eyesight. Image © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Heartfelt thanks, to everyone

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December 2018-January 2019

We will be in The Gambia, West Africa, end of November, and available for assignments in the region 

Please  contact us here or via Jason’s website

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