Thursday, January 21, 2010
We will be assisting the local prison in providing food until their supplies can be restocked. USAID and Cross International are subsidizing this effort by redirecting packaged food meant for a meal program destined for out-lying schools. The food is prepared in our antiquated kitchen at Castel-Pere and delivered to the prison where some of our staff and older boys distribute the meals. The conditions in the prison are horrendous. The cells are holding 50 to 75 people when they were designed for eight or, at most, twelve people. There are too many people to allow everyone to sleep at the same time. The walls and roof are being repaired but will take time so the prisoners suffer. I have more photos but decided to only post one as to do more smacks of voyeurism or trying to capitalize on the backs of our unfortunate brothers. Please keep these people in your prayers. The guards, too, need your prayers. They are as much in shock and disbelief as the incarcerated.