Reference : V-P-MG-E-00082
Date : 13/11/2011
Country/Region : MADAGASCAR
Caption : Antananarivo, Maison Centrale in Antanimora. Detainees have gone back to their room for the night. Several floors have been built one on top of the other in order to place them all.
Photographer : BINET, Guillaume
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC/MYOP
Description : Around 4 p.m., after the roll call, the detainees have to go back to their room fot the night. The rooms are reopened at 5.30 a.m.

Around 2600 detainees are held in Antanimora prison, more than three times its maximum capacity of 800 inmates.

Each room is ruled by a chief, also detainee. He runs the daily life in the room, deals with security and social order issues between inmates among other things. He also leads the evening prayer.
He is a part of a hierarchical system of detainees in wich the highest rank is chief of quarter. The chief of quarter runs between 200 and 1200 detainees.
Usually, the chief of room or the chief of quarter sleeps in a separate cell in the higer floors.
The last inmates arrived sleep on the ground.

The ICRC renovates the kitchens and the washing-place, builts new showers and latrines and clean up the old ones to improve the living conditions of the detainees.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4200x2794
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour