Location. Nairobi. Kenya. Freetown. Sierra Leone. Stone Town. Zanzibar.
Children incarcerated in African prisons face years of confinement in often cramped and dirty quarters, with insufficient food allocations, inadequate hygiene, and little or no clothing or other amenities. While these conditions are not uniform throughout the continent, their prevalence raises concern and needs to be addressed through prison reform and attention to human rights. Moreover, there are also several barriers—including state secrecy, weak civil society, and lack of public interest—that inhibit the collection of reliable data on African prisons. This veil of ignorance as to prison conditions merely fuels the neglect and abuse of Africa’s incarcerated.