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Press: IRIN News – ‘Gambians seek justice after Jammeh’s fall’ – images © Jason Florio

Mariama Saine, one of the last people arrested before Jammeh fell, The Gambia - portrait © Jason Florio for IRIN News

Mariama Saine, The Gambia – portrait © Jason Florio for IRIN News

Torture victim Mariama Saine, whose mother was a UDP activist, wants to see her abusers punished. She was arrested on the eve of the 1 December election and interrogated at the NIA detention site known as Bulldozer.
“They were beating me while I could hear the election results being announced on a television,” said Saine – read more IRIN News
Ngoi Njie, Gambian activist, tortured under Jammeh's regime, tells her story - image © Jason Florio

Ngoi Njie, Gambian opposition activist, tortured under Jammeh’s regime, tells her story to IRIN News – image © Jason Florio

 

4/14/2017Jason Florio is currently based between Malta, Europe, and West Africa

 

Back in the Mediterranean, onboard with the Phoenix Search & Rescue Team and the Italian Red Cross

THE CREW PHOENIX, LUANCH DAY, MALTA

The Phoenix crew, with the Italian Red Cross, launch day, June 6, 2016, Marsa, Malta © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU, 2016

 

The Phoenix heads out the Mediterranean, Grand Harbour, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

The Phoenix heads out to the Mediterranean, Grand Harbour, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

The Responder & The Phoenix - both MOAS Search & Rescue Boats patrol the Mediterranean together for the first time © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU, 2016

The Responder & The Phoenix – both MOAS Search & Rescue Boats patrol the Mediterranean together for the first time © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU, 2016. All rights reserved.

 

For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be on the first Mediterranean Sea mission of 2016, onboard the Phoenix with the SAR  team once again – and the rescues began almost immediately (images to follow in my next blog post) upon reaching the ‘Dead Zone‘:

Professional search and rescue charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) will enhance their life-saving efforts in the central Mediterranean this year by deploying two ships and two drones. The drones will expand their patrolling area to cover what is called the ‘dead zone’: the fatal few miles from the Libyan shore.’ MOAS.EU

I’ll be updating, with more images and words, as and when I can throughout the mission.

Jason Florio

June 10, 2016