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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
13 May 2016

Despite the prison is self-managed, security and administrative management of the prison entrusted to the police. In the pyramid of the prison system, at the back of the interior minister and the director of the penitentiary department there is the colonel-in-chief, the only one who actually lives in the building and, in fact, represents the Bolivian government within the walls of San Pedro. Often they are interviewed by journalist and videomaker and, with same frequency, they are replaced by their superiors.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
10 May 2016

In each section are placed some pay phones equipped with metered and managed by one or more inmates, required to pay the good section of the revenues. The phone, controlled by the police prison, should be the only system of communication with the outside. In truth, most of the prisoners own a mobile phone with which it can continue to manage relationships with the outside and, if they did, their illicit activities, unaware of the police.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
10 May 2016

Section Pinos, which owes its name to a large tree in the middle of his small yard, holds two restaurants, two bars, a soccer field, a billiard room and a study room, now it used as a copy shop. The lack of accommodation available in the prison, because of overcrowding, led prisoners to set up makeshift shelters practically anywhere: attics, stairs and gaps have thus become housing for one or more people, sometimes entire families.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
05 May 2016

The monoblock of Palmar, although it is a collective dormitory, it is equipped with a TV and three electric hot-plates. Television, inside the prison, is a faithful mate of life for the majority of the prisoners and it continues to remain on even when no one looks.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
05 May 2016

Visits inside the prison are allowed for most days of the week and like everything inside the prison are by payment.Visitors are allowed to spend the entire day inside and through an additional payment, even to stay overnight.Who does not receive visits can always reach his loved ones through the inevitable phone, only prohibited on paper and for which refills are sold in many commercial activities managed by the prisoners.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
05 May 2016

The roofs of the prison, which are accessed by some cells of the last floor moving a sheet resting on the beams, are used for a variety of activities:drying foods,sunbathing,smoking outdoors and drying clothes . Of this late activity are occupied the mostly of poorest prisoners who, after washing clothes, bedding and mattresses for other companions; they venture on to the rickety sheet metal roofing at about 10 meters above the ground, seriously endangering their lives, to earn only a few pesos.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
04 May 2016

Within a niche carved into the wall and protected by a wooden structure, a television with a powerful sound system it offers a little ‘entertainment to the prisoners, in the yard of Palmar section. Often some viewers are not part of the section but, despite being prohibited, there is a tacit tolerance and shared.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
29 Apr 2016

Marco, a young twenty year old with a long interval between the recovery community and juvenile prison dreams, as a free man, a future in hip hop music. habitual consumer of alcohol and drugs of all kinds, he wrote his lyrics mostly in prison, where he finds every day a lot of ideas, including the conditions of the detainees and their adventures before his arrest. It is more inspired by Latin American artists and Cypress Hill.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
25 Apr 2016

Among the many commercial and craft activities there is a dressmaker’s workroom manage by 3 three prisoners, which shall make garments both for the prisoners themselves than for external institutions and associations. Genaro, the head of the workshop, he learned to be a tailor in prison and dreams, as a free man, to open his own workshop. In his past, for years, he had always dealt with the cocaine refining process in the Bolivian jungle and he had never done work legally paid.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
21 Apr 2016

In addition to the shelters and individual cells, there are also common dormitories, arranged to accommodate a larger number of prisoners, because the rent of a single cell is quite expensive and many can not afford it.To convict it is given a bed, a personal locker and the possibility to use the common warming. So, without any rehabilitative logic, prisoners in preventive detention, young thieves and small-time dealers must live side by side with murderers, rapists and drug traffickers.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
18 Apr 2016

Several times a week entering hundreds of liters of smuggled alcohol in San Pedro. Corruption, which is overflowing among the police, it allows the input and feeds a commercial chain, as well, is created. Mostly it is pure alcohol at 96 °, manufactured by the bolivian company names Caiman and packaged in aluminum cans of 1 liter with a characteristic purple color. After the resale and consumption of their content, the latter are recycled within the prison and thus become pretty toys sold outside.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
08 Apr 2016

Penitenziary organization gives the breakfast and the lunch to the prisoners, in the plazas of the sections. Out of this, everything is by payment. Every is coocked by prisoners in the kitchen of Palmar section.

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Nabeel Rajab Release
Bani Jamarah
By MazenMahdi
14 Jul 2015

Pictures of human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, released from prison on July 14, 2015

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Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab
Bani Jamarah
By MazenMahdi
14 Jul 2015

Rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, seen at his home in Bani Jamarah village, north of Bahrain 14 July 2015 upon his release from prison. Bahrain King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, pardoned Rajab who was serving a six month jail sentence for medical reasons.
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Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab
Bani Jamarah
By MazenMahdi
14 Jul 2015

Rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, seen at his home in Bani Jamarah village, north of Bahrain 14 July 2015 upon his release from prison. Bahrain King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, pardoned Rajab who was serving a six month jail sentence for medical reasons.

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Bani Jamarah
By MazenMahdi
14 Jul 2015

Rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, seen at his home in Bani Jamarah village, north of Bahrain 14 July 2015 upon his release from prison. Bahrain King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, pardoned Rajab who was serving a six month jail sentence for medical reasons.

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Nadeel Rajab Released 02
Bani Jamarah
By MazenMahdi
14 Jul 2015

Rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, ( R ) seen as a well-wisher takes a selfie with him at his home in Bani Jamarah village, north of Bahrain 14 July 2015 upon his release from prison. Bahrain King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, pardoned Rajab who was serving a six month jail sentence for medical reasons.

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Nadeel Rajab Released 03
Bani Jamarah
By MazenMahdi
14 Jul 2015

Rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, seen at his home in Bani Jamarah village, north of Bahrain 14 July 2015 upon his release from prison. Bahrain King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, pardoned Rajab who was serving a six month jail sentence for medical reasons.

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Nadeel Rajab Released 04
Bani Jamarah
By MazenMahdi
14 Jul 2015

Rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, ( L ) greeted by well-wishers at his home in Bani Jamarah village, north of Bahrain 14 July 2015 upon his release from prison. Bahrain King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, pardoned Rajab who was serving a six month jail sentence for medical reasons.

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Nadeel Rajab Released 05
Bani Jamarah
By MazenMahdi
14 Jul 2015

Rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, ( C ) greeted by well-wishers at his home in Bani Jamarah village, north of Bahrain 14 July 2015 upon his release from prison. Bahrain King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, pardoned Rajab who was serving a six month jail sentence for medical reasons.

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Bani Jamarah
By MazenMahdi
14 Jul 2015

Rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, ( C ) greeted by well-wishers at his home in Bani Jamarah village, north of Bahrain 14 July 2015 upon his release from prison. Bahrain King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, pardoned Rajab who was serving a six month jail sentence for medical reasons.

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Nadeel Rajab Released 07
Bani Jamarah
By MazenMahdi
14 Jul 2015

Rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, ( C ) greeted by well-wishers at his home in Bani Jamarah village, north of Bahrain 14 July 2015 upon his release from prison. Bahrain King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, pardoned Rajab who was serving a six month jail sentence for medical reasons.

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Nadeel Rajab Released 08
Bani Jamarah
By MazenMahdi
14 Jul 2015

Rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, ( R ) flash the 'V' sign as a well-wisher takes a selfie with him at his home in Bani Jamarah village, north of Bahrain 14 July 2015 upon his release from prison. Bahrain King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, pardoned Rajab who was serving a six month jail sentence for medical reasons.

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Bani Jamarah
By MazenMahdi
14 Jul 2015

Rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, ( L ) flash the 'V' sign while receiving well-wishers at his home in Bani Jamarah village, north of Bahrain 14 July 2015 upon his release from prison. Bahrain King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, pardoned Rajab who was serving a six month jail sentence for medical reasons.

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Nabeel Rajab Release
Bani Jamarah
By MazenMahdi
14 Jul 2015

Rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, greeted by well-wishers at his home in Bani Jamarah village, north of Bahrain 14 July 2015 upon his release from prison. Bahrain King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, pardoned Rajab who was serving a six month jail sentence for medical reasons.

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Bani Jamarah
By MazenMahdi
14 Jul 2015

Rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, greeted by well-wishers at his home in Bani Jamarah village, north of Bahrain 14 July 2015 upon his release from prison. Bahrain King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, pardoned Rajab who was serving a six month jail sentence for medical reasons.

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Europe-bound Migrants Held in Libyan ...
Misrata
By Mohamed Lagha
20 Apr 2015

Misrata, Libya
April 21, 2015

Dozens of men, women and children are held in deplorable conditions in a jail in Misrata, controlled by the security forces loyal to the Islamist Libyan government in Tripoli. The detainees who appear in this video, most of whom come from east African countries, were caught in Libya on their way to try to reach Europe. An office that controls immigration is deporting the detainees to their countries through their countries’ embassies in Tunisia. However, Somalian and Eritrean detainees cannot return because of the instability plaguing their countries. Some of them have been in this prison for five months.

An interviewed female detainee from Eritrea, who introduced herself as Yodit, said that she was arrested with her cousin and other immigrants in the Libyan desert as they were heading to Europe. The group had started their clandestine journey in Khartoum, Sudan. Yodit said that they spent one month on the road before being arrested. By the time of the interview, she had spent two weeks in custody and was worried that her family back home might think that she was dead. The woman, who appears to be in her twenties, also complained that the detention center is overcrowded and lacks proper ventilation.

Various shots of detainees.

TRANSCRIPT
Soundbite (Arabic/English, Woman) Yodit, Female Eritrean detainee

00:48 – 04:14

"Q: What is your name? [Arabic]

A: What? [Arabic]

Q: Your name. [Arabic]

A: Yodit.

Q: How long have you been here?

A: Just one week.

Q: One week?

A: Yeah.

Q: Where are you from?

A: From Eritrea.

Q: You came by… the desert?

A: Yeah, the desert.

Q: How exactly? Through which country?

A: By the Khartoum to the Libya desert. [UNINTELLIGIBLE] When [we] came here, they catch us.

Q: Where?

A: In the desert of Libya.

Q: Where?

A: In Libya, but the place exactly, what it’s called…. I don’t know.

Q: In the desert, or a gate?

A: Desert, desert.

Q: The desert?

A: Yeah.

Q: Is it near from here?

A: I think [it is] far.

Q: One hour? Two hours? How much time?

A: Four hours from here.

Q: And then what are you doing here? What did they tell you?

A: We want to travel to Europe. So they catch us, they arrest us… even before here, just one week another place, the place which kept us. We came also here one week. That means two weeks under arrest. So they… you see they are stand up all night here. The [UNINTELLIGIBLE] is bad It smells bad all night. There is no air. The place is bad, really. [UNINTELLIGIBLE]The condition is bad, seriously.

Q: What did they tell you? Did they tell you that they are going out? Did they call your embassy?

A: No. No phone. We families don’t know where we are.

Q: They didn’t call your families?

A: Yeah. Because we don’t have a phone here. So no one knows where they are. I don’t know. Maybe our families they think [we] die or something.

Q: You are here alone? You don’t have any family here?

A: She’s my cousin. So we are two.

Q: Now you are here for one week.

A: Here. But another place also one week. The way…. but one month is in the way in the desert. We are hungry, there is no water, there is no anything. We were about to die. But that is good, they save us and keep us here. But I don’t know [UNINTELLIGIBLE] about time I don’t know anything.

Q: Thank you.

A: You’re welcome. Thank you, too.”

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Inside Look: Syrian Refugees Imprison...
Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
24 Mar 2015

March 22, 2015
Alexandria, Egypt

A group of Syrian refugees who attempted to smuggle themselves illegally by what they call the "boats of death" from Turkey to Italy have been detained by Egyptian police and sent to Karmouz prison in Alexandria. The refugees who fled from the civil war in Syria, set off from the Turkish port town of Mersin on September 23, 2014. The boat's engine stopped in Egyptian waters leaving them adrift. They spent 7 days floating in the sea with little food or water before they were picked up by the Egyptian coast guard on September 30, 2014, and brought back to Alexandria.

These photos and videos were taken in the Alexandrian prison on March 22, 2015. They show how the refugees are living their daily lives inside the prison where the prison warden has allowed them to have laptops and mobile phones. According to the refugees who declined to give their names, there are 74 Syrians and Syrian-Palestinians who are being detained in this prison, including 15 children and 8 women. They were all victims of human trafficking. 

In the videos two men describe the ordeal of the refugees and their desperation. One of the men asked that his face be obscured.

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Syrian Refugee Imprisoned in Egypt
Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A group of Syrian refugees who attempted to smuggle themselves illegally by what they call the "boats of death" from Turkey to Italy have been detained by Egyptian police and sent to Karmouz prison in Alexandria. The refugees who fled from the civil war in Syria, set off from the Turkish port town of Mersin on September 23, 2014. The boat's engine stopped in Egyptian waters leaving them adrift. They spent 7 days floating in the sea with little food or water before they were picked up by the Egyptian coast guard on September 30, 2014, and brought back to Alexandria.

These photos and videos were taken in the Alexandrian prison on March 22, 2015. They show how the refugees are living their daily lives inside the prison where the prison warden has allowed them to have laptops and mobile phones. According to the refugees who declined to give their names, there are 74 Syrians and Syrian-Palestinians who are being detained in this prison, including 15 children and 8 women. They were all victims of human trafficking.

In the videos two men describe the ordeal of the refugees and their desperation. One of the men asked that his face be obscured.

Transcription:

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man)
1min 35 sec
“We left Syria around a year ago. After several attempts, we after traveling reached Egypt in the sea for seven days. We almost died in the middle of the sea because the boat broke down. We suffered a lot. We lost drinking water, luggage and food. A baby who was with us on the boat died. The Egyptian navy arrested us on September 30, 2014. Until this day, we have been detained in Karmouz prison. We were transferred to different prisoners. There is not any country that will receive us because we do not have documents. The only country that would receive us is Syria. However, we cannot return to Syria. All human rights organizations have talked with us, but they have given us false promises. We do not have any hope. I also have a personal suffering. I lost my wife, son and brother in another journey, during which the boat drowned. My psychological situation is very bad. We are suffering a lot.
We hope that you… we urge all the officials in Egypt or any other country as well as the [United Nations] to help us to travel to Europe, which was our initial destination.”

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian refugee washes his plate in his cell in the Karmouz prison, Alexandria

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian refugee washes his plate in the Karmouz prison, Alexandria.

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian refugee hangs out his washing in his cell in the Karmouz prison.

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian refugee prepares a meal inside the Karmouz prison.

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

One Syrian refugee stands on another's shoulders to fix the light in their cell.

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian child sleeps in a cell inside the Karmouz prison.

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian refugee prepares a meal inside his cell in the Karmouz prison.