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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Media: Le Monde Afrique – In the Gambia, the wounded faces of Yahya Jammeh’s dictatorship

British photographers Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio met dozens of victims of the former president’s regime “I do not care what you do with my photo or my testimony,” concluded Alagie Sonko after the meeting. It is the fact that you came to listen to me that did me the greatest good” Alagie Sonko, the Gambia – Le Monde Afrique / Romain Chanson #Portraits4PositiveChange PortraitsContinue reading “Media: Le Monde Afrique – In the Gambia, the wounded faces of Yahya Jammeh’s dictatorship”

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Portraits for Positive Change – The Gambia. Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio

A sneak preview of the front cover of our next exhibition booklet ‘Portraits for Positive Change‘. All images are taken from an on-going body of work, here in the Gambia, West Africa ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters of a regime‘ The booklet is to accompany the portraits – and video – of our second exhibitionContinue reading “Portraits for Positive Change – The Gambia. Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio”

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The Gambia – stories behind doors

Behind every door, there is a story to be heard… Making #Portraits4PositiveChange, with Jason Florio, we are meeting victims and survivors of the brutal regime of the former president of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh. The man, ‘A.K.J.’, who lives behind this door, was shot in the leg by security forces when he took part in a peacefulContinue reading “The Gambia – stories behind doors”

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