Today is an International Human Rights day. And I want to acknowledge that there are many prisoners who should not be prisoners just because they think or live differently. Or because it is "more convenient" to keep them there (ei private prisons) ➖
Did you know that there are women in El Salvador who are imprisoned for a miscarriage? Abortions of any type are illegal there. So once the doctors treat their bleeding patients, they report them to the police as they have no way to prove whether it was a natural or an induced action. Now, imagine if you really wanted a child. You finally get pregnant and unfortunately suffer a miscarriage. Your future - 30 years in prison... ➖
Or in Central African Republic some women - who mainly happen to be childless and/or widowed - are accused of witchcraft and are often killed, because they are feared. So the government decided to put them into prisons instead, as it's a safer choice for them there.
Just think about it!
Luckily, there are activist organizations that try to fight such atrocities.
That's why I chose this photo. It is actually one of the first ones I ever took, exploring photography. Dating back to 2000 or so, in the male medium security prison in a small town of Velikie Luki, Russia, close to the Latvian border. I was a psychology student, and a few of us went there to deliver psychotherapy to the inmates. Professionally speaking, the trip was a failure. But what I saw and learned there - changed me forever.
I urge you to be more compassionate for one another, and learn to see the other side of things. As it's not laziness and pure evilness that gets people into trouble. It's the lack of opportunities and of love.
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