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Reference : V-F-CR-F-00733-N
Date : 09/2002
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Title : Afghanistan : cleaning up Shiberghan prison
Duration : 00:02:23
Director : POWELL, Janet
Cameraman : DOUILLIEZ, Caroline
Editor : unknown
Person appearing :
CEPERO GARCIA, Francisco Javier (delegate, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : CNN; ICRC
Production company : CNN
ICRC producer :
Description : Following the defeat of the Taliban in Afghanistan in the winter of 2001, there was widespread concern about the way captured fighters were being treated in detention. One of the most notorious prisons was Shibergan near Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan. In November last year, over 3,500 Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters were incarcerated here in cells supposed to hold a quarter of that number. In April, 40% of the inmates were seriously malnourished. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) immediately set up a feeding centre to treat the most seriously underweight. They had to supplement the food rations for the whole prison population. It also dug a well, improved the kitchen facilities, and constructed a health clinic.
Today the inmates are no longer underweight but the situation is far from secure. ICRC delegates visit regularly to check that the food intended for the prisoners reaches them and to put pressure on the authorities to maintain humane conditions. Over 7,000 Red Cross messages were collected by delegates and taken to and from Shiberghan prison by hand, in the first six months of 2002.
Original language : English
English title : Afghanistan : cleaning up Shiberghan prison
Colour/B&W : colour
Original material/format : Betacam SP
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