Fatou ‘Toufah’ Jallow – the first woman to speak publically, without hiding her identity, about her rape ordeal with former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, at her parents’ home in The Gambia. Portrait ©Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio #Portraits4PositiveChange
Fatou ‘Toufah’ Jallow – “If there’s no seat at the table of power – let’s build our own! Our activism makes people uncomfortable because it disturbs entrenched power relations and questions the world as it has always worked. But the world needs change, and the Youth will make it happen” at the
United Nations, New York – International Human Rights Day, December 10th, 2019
Photographer and filmmaker, Jason Florio, makes a portrait of Fatou ‘Toufah’ Jallow, for our on-going series, ‘Gambia- victims, and resisters’ #Portraits4PositiveChange. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio
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Ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, with his ever-present security force ©Jason Florio
From 1994 -2017 Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia, West Africa as his own fiefdom, crushing dissent, and opposition with brutality. With Jammeh’s ouster and flight into exile, hundreds of Gambians now feel safe to come forward and speak freely about the crimes committed against them by his regime.
This portrait series is a work in progress…
Jugana Susso, was arrested and detained during a peaceful demonstration by President Jammeh’s feared security services ©Jason Florio.
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“We Never Gave Up: Stories of Courage in Gambia” watch the documentary trailer Image © Helen Jones-Florio (inside Mile2 prison)