Please support Y Care this Christmas
A broken system
Judges in Togo can handle over 300 cases at any one time and cases can be abruptly and frequently postponed, with crucial evidence often being lost. Police corruption is well documented with many prisoners speaking of being beaten or humiliated.
As they are often unable to read, they commonly sign statements with no idea what they are ‘confessing’ to.
You can imagine my trepidation when I visited some of the prisons myself. When the gate swung open in Lomé men’s prison, four hundred pairs of eyes met mine in a courtyard built for 152.
There was simply no room to move. Many detainees are sick and the overcrowding and limited access to healthcare means no-one ever gets better. In the women’s prison there was barely room to put one foot in front of the other.
I met mothers caring for babies and toddlers in appalling conditions. This is no place for children. No place for anyone. I was glad to leave. And sorry for all who have to stay.
Harriette – Y Care International
Please give what you can today
Together we can make a lasting difference to 1000’s of young people around the world – lets make this a Christmas of hope for all.