“I want them to helps us in freeing my father.”
From our friends at Behind Bars
Aicha El-Khodry, discusses the condition of her son, Youssef El-Khodry, after he was brutally tortured this Ramadan in the infamous Toulal Prison 2 where he has been serving a fifteen year sentence since his kidnapping at the age of seventeen.
Azzouhra Ghazali, wife of Mohamed Mouniime, testifies about life without her husband who was arrested in 2003 and is now confined in Knitra Central Prison. A mother of three, (Yassine (14), Moadh (12 ), and two-year-old Sohaib who was born in prison) struggles to make ends meet as a maid while often her children are sent to sell plastic bags when money falls short. Like many of the wives of incarcerated men, she is condemned to live in the squalor of a tin shack near a garbage dump. She cannot afford to visit her husband and thus is only able to see him herself once every two to three months, while her children are able to visit maybe once a year.
Um Mohamed Hasna Moussaid, wife of Yassine Bounajra, was arrested with her husband in 2007. She was three months pregnant when her husband was sentenced to ten years and later gave birth in prison to Amal, now four years old. Although released after one year and eight months of incarceration, Um Mohamed recounts the difficulties of being abandoned by family, the stigma of jail, and the non-existent financial and emotional support for her and her two daughters, Salma and Alma.