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A Short Walk In The Gambian Bush, West Africa

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on January 13, 2010

On the road, The Gambia, West Africa, November 2009Abdouli (The Negotiator) Janneh and Momadou (Jamtang) Bah on the road, The Gambia, West Africa.

Two of our A Short Walk In The Gambian Bush team members. Five of us walked 928km around The Gambia with two donkeys, Neil and (p)Hadley from Novemner-December, 2009. You can read all about our expedition and adventures and see some beautiful images from Jason Florio (and a few from yours truly) on my other blog www.adventuretravelblogs.com/700miles

Image: Jones – The Gambia – 2009


a short walk in the gambian bush…..

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on August 20, 2009

a 700 mile odyssey

a 700 mile odyssey

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for updates on the expedition

Where: The Gambia, West Africa

When: November-December 2009

What: To circumnavigate The Gambia, West Africa, by foot from the ‘Gardens for Life’ project  in the Western Division of the country and returning there approximately 8 weeks later (see map pg8)

Why: A Twofold Expedition:-

• An Anglo/Gambian journey to preserve, through photographic and audio means, a modern account of the people and stories of rural Gambia. This collection of pictures and words  will lay the foundations for a unique multi-media interactive website to be used as an ongoing tool to conserve these oral histories and current observations of life in The Gambia by Gambians. The photographs  taken along the way will also be used to produce a, first of its kind, fine art ‘coffee-table’ book of The Gambia.

•‘Gardens For Life’ (an Eden Project) charity, which help to educate, support and encourage schools and children around the world on how to create gardens and grow their own food. GFL also have a number of these gardens in The Gambia. Therefore, the walk will be a fund-raising tool for the charity and the Gambian schools, through sponsorship and donations.

Who: Jason Florio, Helen Jones & local Gambian’s, Abdouli Janneh & Mohammed Njie

please link to my ‘other blog’ www.ashortwalkinthegambianbush.wordpress.com for further updates.

this is what has been keeping me busy lately……expeditions are  a full time job!! please pass the link around as we will need as much support as possible (and a wee bit of sponsorship for the walk too……more on that a little later on). Thank you! Hxxxx 🙂

Childhood Interrupted

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on March 26, 2009
10,000 Ethiopian children on the streets........

100,000 Ethiopian children on the streets.......

Childhood Interrupted – Jason Florio

To bring to light the extreme hardships of the estimated 100,000 children that live on and under the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Many children are victims of child trafficking and family abuse and were forced to escape to the street.

Three years ago I was photographing in Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia and I met a young boy called Bruke who had runaway from a small village because of an alcoholic and physically abusive father and a step mother that did not want him. Bruke, when I found him was living with his friend Oromo in a small concrete hole that was 3 x 4 x 5 ft in size that was in the median of a very busy road. He was surviving, like so many of the street children there off left over plate scraps from restaurants. Through an outreach center that tries to help the estimated 100,000 plus street children that live in the Mercato market area of Addis I was also able to talk to many other children like Bruke who had escaped not just abusive families but were victims of child trafficking and prostitution. My dream assignment would be to return to Addis and make a detailed photo essay with audio interviews with the children that would bring to light the horrors of child trafficking and the extreme dangers that these young children face everyday on the streets. The ultimate dream would be to use part of the money to find Bruke and help him establish a life off the streets. If I cannot find him then I will donate part of the money to the Forum on Street Children, an NGO that helps rescue children from the hardships life on the streets of the Mercato area.

Work in progress……………

jason florio photo. 2006.copyright – Bruke, Ethiopian street boy, 13 years (approx)


Photo: Jason Florio http://www.floriophoto.com

mr p on the heath, hampstead

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on December 19, 2008
florio photo, june 08

florio photo, june 08