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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Exhibition: ‘The Duty to Remember’ – Human Rights Week, 2020

Exhibition: ‘The Duty to Remember’ – take an interactive stroll around a virtual 3D exhibition, featuring colour portraits by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio – from ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’, and black and white portraits by Muhammed Bittaye. Remembrance is an essential step in the transitional justice process. With this in mind, the NGO ANEKED has created “TheContinue reading “Exhibition: ‘The Duty to Remember’ – Human Rights Week, 2020”

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Press: El Pais – ‘Gambia, The Hidden Horrors of Africa’s Silent Dictatorship’

Press: El Pais – Gambia, The Hidden Horrors of Africa’s Silent Dictatorship– Three years after the fall of the Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh, pressured by the street after losing at the polls, a commission (Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations – TRRC) brings to light the terrible crimes committed for two decades, supported by its apparatus of repression, the collusionContinue reading “Press: El Pais – ‘Gambia, The Hidden Horrors of Africa’s Silent Dictatorship’”

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The Gambia – finding truth and reconciliation

The tiny West African republic, The Gambia, is a popular winter-sun holiday destination for Europeans. However, most tourists have little idea of the dark and shattered underbelly of ‘The Smiling Coast of Africa’, as the Gambia is fondly called. From 1994 -2017 President Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia as his fiefdom, crushing dissent, and oppositionContinue reading “The Gambia – finding truth and reconciliation”

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