Reference : V-P-AF-E-01964
Date : 2012
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Caption : Taloqan Province, Takhar priosn. Visit of the ICRC. The ICRC have helped rehabilitate the prison kitchenas well as the clinic and provided an outdoor shelter to protect de detainees from both the sun and rain.
Photographer : DANZIGER, Nick
Confidentiality level : public
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Copyright : DANZIGER, Nick
Description : RC RC magazine

Issue 1, 2013, p. 11


The ICRC’s work on behalf of people deprived of liberty has also evolved dramatically. In places such as Takhar prison, a tough, basic facility in Afghanistan’s Taloqan province, the ICRC helps prison officials make basic conditions of detention more humane. The population of 527 detainees is nearly four times what the prison was built to hold, so half of them live in makeshift tents in the main courtyard. In addition to meeting with detainees and delivering messages, the ICRC has helped improve the prison’s health clinic, upgraded latrines, installed a water tower and begun a shelter that will cover part of the courtyard and protect detainees from strong sunlight and rain. Abdulrab Motmaen, the prison director, says the ICRC’s help has transformed the quality of life in a way that the government cannot. Detainee Mohammed Hakim agrees, “Clean drinking water and the clinic have made an enormous difference to our lives.”

Author: Nick Danziger
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Orientation : landscape
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