Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The African Prisons Project (APP)
The Condemmed Choir
From the website AfricanPrisons.org/ OR GO here
To bring dignity and hope to men, women and children in prison through healthcare, education, access to justice and community reintegration.
Our vision is that prisons in Africa are places of positive transformation and that entering prison does not mean losing hope. We believe depravation of freedom need not mean deprivation of humanity.
The African Prisons Project (APP) is a group of people passionately committed to improving access to healthcare, education, justice and community reintegration for prisoners in Africa. We aim to restore the dignity of those we serve by providing humane conditions and services which help them to regain their humanity. We build and refurbish prison medical and educational facilities, provide innovative services and work to change the attitudes of the societies serve when it comes to criminal justice issues.
Africa is a continent in transition, and its problems are magnified within its detention systems. The plight of detainees is rarely noticed; therefore they receive little help from charitable organisations. Yet they include the most downtrodden and vulnerable - babies imprisoned with their mothers, the mentally ill, children and the illiterate.
APP ( African Prison Project) Blog
The most vulnerable are often the most victimised
10 April 2012 by Joe Hampton
Growing up in prison is a sad and troubling prospect but unfortunately is not unusual in many parts of Africa. Although there has recently been positive steps taken globally and regionally, child imprisonment remains a major issue in Africa. There are two categories of children in prison: those serving a prison sentence for criminal activity and those living with their mothers. According to official statistics, children make up between 0.5 and 2.5 per cent of the African prison population...
( Above excerpt is from the African Prison Project website -- find more at http://www.africanprisons.org/ as well as a Wikipedia entry at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Prisons_Project . )
In the post just below this one -- also entered today, 24 April, find a recent request for interviews by staff/voluntees working with this project...
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