The Photoville FENCE 2020 The Gambia victims and resisters
The Photoville FENCE 2020: 'The Gambia-victims and resisters' by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio, an ongoing multimedia body of work that began in 2016. 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.
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The Photoville FENCE, 2020: ‘The Gambia-victims, and resisters’

The Photoville FENCE - colour portrait of Gambian schoolgirl, Amie Lowe, sits in the abandoned bedroom of her late father, Lt Ebou Lowe. 'Gambia - victims, and resisters' ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

The Photoville FENCE, 2020: ‘The Gambia-victims, and resisters’

We are thrilled to be chosen for The Photoville FENCE, 2020, with ‘Gambia – victims and resisters‘ – an ongoing multimedia body of work that began back in 2016. With the blessing of those we have photographed and filmed, our intention has always been to share their very personal and traumatic stories far and wide. Heartfelt thanks to the FENCE jurors and the Photoville team for helping us to achieve this. Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

The Photoville FENCE 2020 - Nana Jo Ndow holds a photograph of her father, Saul Ndow who was killed by Gambian security forces. 'Gambia - victims, and resisters' ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio
The Photoville FENCE 2020: Nana-Jo Ndow, daughter of Saul Ndow, who, in 2013, was forcibly disappeared from Senegal, along with Mahawa Cham, former Gambian MP. Witness testimonies revealed that they had been abducted and taken over the border into The Gambia, where they were both killed by Jammeh’s hitsquad ‘The Junglers’ at Jammeh’s home village of Kanilai, . “We want answers and we want justice, and we will not give up until those who are responsible are held accountable.” Nana-Jo is one of the cofounders of ANEKED – African Network Against Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances. ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’ Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

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The Photoville FENCE 2020 is a year-round public photography project exhibited in major parks and downtowns across North America. Featuring over 90 photographers annually, the exhibition brings compelling visual stories into the public realm, and to a wide and diverse audience.

The 9th edition will be displayed in Atlanta, Brooklyn, Calgary, Denver, Durham, Houston, Metro (Fargo, W. Fargo and Moorhead), New Orleans, Sarasota, Seattle and Winchester!‘ Read/see more: The Photoville FENCE

The Photoville FENCE 2020 - Portrait of Sgt Basiru Camara and the remains of an exhumation in The Gambia. 'Gambia - victims, and resisters' ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio
The Photoville FENCE 2020 – Sgt Basiru Camara, killed by Gambian security forces in 1994 and the remains of an exhumation, Yundum Barracks, The Gambia, in 2019. Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

President Yahya Jammeh ruled The Gambia with an iron fist for twenty two years after taking control of the country with a coup in July1994. With Jammeh’s exile after electoral defeat in 2016, a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) was set up to look into his regime’s abuses. The TRRC along with victims families and local media at Yundum army Barracks where the bodies of seven murdered soldiers were exhumed. The soldiers were murdered by soldiers loyal to Jammeh for being allegedly part of a counter coup in November 1994. Witnesses say eleven soldiers were buried at the barracks, so far only seven have been found. Along with the bone fragments, electrical cables were also found that were used to bind the victims hands. The only clothing found were underwear, corroborating witness testimonies that the men were stripped almost naked before being shot.

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Fatoumatta Sandeng, daughter of murdered Gambia opposition party member, Solo Sandeng. She escaped into exile in Senegal after her father's murder in 2016 at the hands of Jammeh's security services, fearful they would be targeted next. A year after her father's murder, and Jammeh's exile, the perpetrators came forth and disclosed the secret forest grave of her father ©Jason Florio
The Photoville FENCE 2020 – Fatoumatta Sandeng, daughter of murdered Gambian opposition leader, Solo Sandeng, at the hands of Yahya Jammeh’s security forces. Fatou escaped into exile to Senegal after her father’s murder in 2016, fearful that she would be targeted next ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

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‘Gambia – victims, and resisters: 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 Victims of Human Rights Violations to share their stories and help build international support to bring Jammeh to justice

Photographers, Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio, standing in their 'River Gambia Expedition' exhibition container at Photoville, NYC, 2013
Photoville, NYC, 2013: Photographers, Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio, standing in their ‘River Gambia Expedition’ exhibition container.


Vote for us and a chance for our work to be chosen for the People’s Choice Winner of the 9th edition of the Photoville FENCE!!

Cast your vote for the People’s Choice Winner of the 9th edition of the Photoville FENCE! Help decide the artist who will receive a Leica camera package and a yearlong mentorship with the Photoville team. 

Individuals may cast one vote per day from now through January 2021. 

Header image: Gambian student, Ami Lowe.

“I grew up not knowing the love of a father. I was only three years old when he disappeared, so I don’t remember him. I only know him through what people have told me, that he was a good man, and some say he was a hero.” Amie Lowe

17 year old Amie Lowe photographed in her late father’s room, left unchanged since he was killed in 2006. Her father, Lt Ebou Lowe was disappeared and executed by members of the former president, Yahya Jammeh’s hit squad, ‘the Junglers’, after he was accused of being part of a coup attempt in 2006 to overthrow the dictatorial Jammeh regime. Image ©Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

View more portraits from this on-going, multimedia, series on Jason Florio’s website floriophoto.com

‘Gambia – victims, and resisters‘ – 13-year-old, Binta Tunkara, looking at a photo of her late father on her phone. Bintu is the daughter of murdered Gambian, Lamin Tunkara. He was part of a group of 56 West African migrants who were murdered. Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio
Watch: ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’ – short documentary about the murder of 56 West African migrants, in 2005, in The Gambia, by Yahya Jammeh’s security forces

Current Location: October 2020 – London, UK

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