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.