Reference : V-P-RW-E-00160
Date : 22/07/2014
Country/Region : RWANDA
Caption : Ginsenyi, Rubavu prison. Prisoners work under the guidance of ICRC engineer to erect five large tents in the wake of a devastating fire at the prison.
Photographer : COHEN, Nadia Shira
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : reserved users only
Copyright : ICRC
Description : The prison suffered what is believed to have been an electrical fire on 7 July 2014, which killed five inmates and injured one hundred. The fire also destroyed two thirds of the cells, leaving thousands to sleep rough on the prison grounds, with little to no protection. The ICRC has provided the prison with five large tents, measuring 24 metres by 10 metres, to afford prisoners temporary shelter until a more sustainable structure can be built. The inmates are erecting the tents themselves, with technical guidance from an ICRC engineer. Rubavu prison, situated in the hills of Gisenyi, houses almost 4,000 male prisoners. The ICRC has been working with the facility since it opened in 2011, helping to develop environmentally sustainable wastewater systems, produce biogas for cooking and collect rainwater for daily use. Delegates also provide general support for the prisoners. Rubavu prison has a unique internal arrangement, whereby inmates take on various roles to maintain a functioning community. Some work as cooks or security officers within the prison, while others are granted special privileges to work outside the facility, for example in agriculture.

ICRC website, photo gallery, 28.09.2014
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5616x3744
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour