On April 7th Joshua turns 33 years old. He has been in prison almost 6 years. I think Easter is the nicest holiday in the Christian calendar, and I also like Easter because Joshua was born in the Easter-week in 1982. March has been very warm and it will also be warm in April. It’s suffering for the prisoners to be locked up in those small cells with no wind and proper ventilation. There has been a severe smell of sewer some of the days I’ve been there.
It seems like the new justice minister wants to do something about the overfilled prisons. It’s possible that prisoners with tuberculosis and those with good behavior can get out eventually. A few days ago when I was at the prison - I walk pass the infirmary every day – I saw that there were new beds there. I walked in and in the small room where there used to be two beds there are now five and all five are new with the plastic still on. (It’s here Joshua was on the floor on a mattress). There was no room to move here anymore. Suddenly I heard someone say my name, and there was one of my friends, one of Joshua’s inmates. He sat on one of the new beds with another prisoner (They often have to share a bed).
A few days ago there was a lot of activity under one of the tent-roofs. Some very large cookware and a group of women were there on some wooden benches. There were also some men there who led what turned out to be a delegation that brought food to the prisoners. I think they were from a Catholic parish. It’s nice to see that people show concern for others.