November 10, 2005
THE PRISON CRISIS IN AFRICA
A disturbing article in this week's Sunday New York Times describes the horrendous overcrowding in many African prisons for prisoners who are awaiting trial, often for years. "The inhumanity of African prisons is a shame that hides in plain sight. Black Beach Prison in Equatorial Guinea is notorious for torture. Food is so scarce in Zambia's jails that gangs wield it as an instrument of power. Congo's prisons have housed children as young as 8. Kenyan prisoners perish from easily curable diseases like gastroenteritis".
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