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Reference : V-P-PG-E-00050
Date : 07/12/2012
Country/Region : PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Caption : Bekut prison. First family visit organised by the ICRC and the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society.
Photographer : BARRAS, Pierre
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC family links web site 25.08.2014: With the support of the prison authorities, the ICRC began organising family visits for detainees who had re-established contact with their loved ones. The first visit was organised for 18 relatives to visit Bekut prison just before Christmas 2012.
Papua New Guinea: Family contact brings back hope for detainees
When the ICRC began visiting detainees on the pacific islands of Papua New Guinea in 2012, it discovered many detainees had not seen or had lost touch with their families for years. A combination of limited postal and phone services, prohibitive travel costs and vast distances had led detainees to lose hope of that changing. To tackle the problem, the ICRC and the Papua New Guinea Red Cross began delivering Red Cross Messages between detainees and their families. This proved a painstaking business, with many families living in remote villages sometimes only reachable by canoe, but the impact of these messages was huge. Families were often overwhelmed at receiving a sign of life from loved ones lost to them for years, while for detainees it proved a crucial lifeline to the outside world.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3648x2432
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour