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Children and their mothers stuck in prison in DR Congo

Imagine being a child, trapped inside the four walls of a prison.
You are here because your mother was accused of a crime, but she has not even had a trial yet.
You don’t have a bed to sleep in.
You don’t have enough food to eat.
You don’t have any healthcare when you get sick.
You have no idea how long you will have to stay here.
There is violence all around you and your mom does her best to protect you, but she is just as scared as you are for the future.
This is the horrifying reality for 13 children stuck in Bukavu prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Frightened and confused, they are waiting for someone to care.
Their mothers are too poor to afford a lawyer to get them out.
But with your support, our IBJ lawyers can fight to free these mothers and their children.

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Children and their mothers stuck in prison in DR Congo

Imagine being a child, trapped inside the four walls of a prison.
You are here because your mother was accused of a crime, but she has not even had a trial yet.
You don’t have a bed to sleep in.
You don’t have enough food to eat.
You don’t have any healthcare when you get sick.
You have no idea how long you will have to stay here.
There is violence all around you and your mom does her best to protect you, but she is just as scared as you are for the future.
This is the horrifying reality for 13 children stuck in Bukavu prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Poor, frightened and alone, they are waiting for someone to defend them.
Their mothers are too poor to afford a lawyer to get them out.
But with your support, our IBJ lawyers can fight to free these mothers and their children.

Why International Bridges to Justice?

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Children and their mothers stuck in prison in DR Congo

Imagine being a child, trapped inside the four walls of a prison.
You are here because your mother was accused of a crime, but she has not even had a trial yet.
You don’t have a bed to sleep in.
You don’t have enough food to eat.
You don’t have any healthcare when you get sick.
You have no idea how long you will have to stay here.
There is violence all around you and your mom does her best to protect you, but she is just as scared as you are for the future.
This is the horrifying reality for 13 children stuck in Bukavu prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Poor, frightened and alone, they are waiting for someone to defend them.
Their mothers are too poor to afford a lawyer to get them out.
But with your support, our IBJ lawyers can fight to free these mothers and their children.

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The Story of Grace

One of the mothers in prison is ‘Grace’, a 35 year old woman who was arrested when she was 9 months pregnant. She was accused of stealing a few plates. The police searched her house and could not find any evidence, but she was arrested anyway. She was too poor to pay a lawyer.

She was thrown into Bukavu prison, far away from her hometown. This made it impossible for her family to visit her. She could not see her husband and her other children. Grace had to give birth in the overcrowded prison, in terrible conditions. She waited in her cell, having no idea how long she would have to stay there. While in prison with her newborn baby, Grace got the shocking news of her husband’s death. She was not allowed to leave the prison for his funeral or to comfort her children. They are forced to live like orphans.

Today, Grace and her baby have been stuck in the prison without a trial for almost a year. Their situation may seem hopeless. But with the help of a lawyer, they could be out of the prison in weeks, or even days.