British High Commissioner inspects portraits of positive change at expo

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The British High Commissioner to The Gambia on Tuesday inspected portraits of positive change and victims of human rights violation during the past 22 years by an international photojournalists Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio.

Jason, a British-American photojournalist and Helen over the past three years produced this striking images and documentaries of human rights violations under Jammeh.

The exhibition seeks to create awareness and increase knowledge about The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), while creating a platform for public discourse on issues of human rights abuses.

With the catch theme ‘Never Again’, the expo also seeks to promote dialogue and positive change by bringing the human face and personal testimonies of victims into the greater public arena.

The portraits and testimonies will be used to create a mobile exhibition to be presented across The Gambia in outreach programmes as part of the national reconciliation process and to open hearts and minds by sharing the personal stories of those victimised under the former regime.

As planned, these portraits and testimonies will become part of the national archive to be placed at the National Centre for Arts and Culture, Banjul - as a permanent exhibition and as a historical record for future generations.

For the past 22 years, Jammeh ruled The Gambia with an iron-fist, crushing dissent and opposition figures. His notorious hit squad – ‘junglers’ including his spy agents- The National Intelligence Agency had falsely imprisoned, tortured, assassinated and inflicted injuries alongside acts of sexual violence with impunity. 

Author: Pa Modou Cham