Lawmakers: Mozambique Prisons Overcrowded and Unsafe
March 3, 2003
Lawmakers in Mozambique said Saturday that the nation's prisons are grossly overcrowded and unhygienic. A member of the ruling Frelimo party, Virgil Ferrao, found 450 inmates crammed into cells meant to hold just 90 people in a prison in the western region of the country. Another ruling party lawmaker, Cecilia Matches, said she found inmates held in a crumbling old house that is designated as one of the country's high security prisons. She added that prisoners, many of them ill, were being held in poorly ventilated basement cells. A major problem in the prisons is AIDS, with no special help for inmates who carry the disease and few programs in place to prevent its spread. The UN has said that many Mozambican jails were unhealthy and unsafe and noted that prisoners often suffer from malaria, skin diseases, diarrhea and pulmonary infections.Adapted from:
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