12 July 2011

Juba Central Prison

This morning my colleague and friend Jose Miguel Calatayud and I were allowed into the juvenile section of Juba's central Prison to do a series of interviews and photographs with some of the youngest inmates. Was great to get in contact with the reality of prison's life, however the stories of those serving time are indeed very sad. Many of the children are in for murder or theft.

One of those is Mangar Abat, a 16 year old boy doing a three year sentence for manslaughter. Mangar risks to spend the rest of his life he doesn't pay a Dia of 30 thousand Sudanese Pound. Dia is also known as blood money, a sum the accused need to give to the victim's family. This practice is common in some Sub-Saharan and Middle East countries.

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