A Nigerian migrant pulled from a rubber boat prays on board the MOAS escue dingy. © Jason Florio/MOAS
LensCulture: I would imagine that meeting your Gambian friend’s son must have been one of the most touching moments for you. How did you react? Did you call his family together?
Jason Florio: On a number of occasions, I met rescued Gambians on the MOAS ship and then quickly realized that we had friends and acquaintances in common back in The Gambia. But I was utterly floored when on two occasions I met young Gambian teenagers whose fathers I knew directly. I had photographed the father of one boy, Abdoulie, for an earlier project seventeen years prior… Read the full interview on the LensCulture site
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An overloaded rubber boat is intercepted in rolling seas by the MOAS rescue team. © Jason Florio/MOAS
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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 opposition activist, tortured under Jammeh’s regime, tells her story to IRIN News – image © Jason Florio
4/14/2017 – Jason Florio is currently based between Malta, Europe, and West Africa
Benefit print sale – including two framed prints donated by
Photography prints, starting at $100. 100% of the money raised will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Print sale – Bond Street Print Shop, NYC – hosted by renowned British, NYC-based, photographer, Janette Beckman, and aCurator magazine’s, Julie Grahame.
Date: April 8th, 2017
For more details, please visit: Helen Jones-Florio on-line gallery blog
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