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Reference : V-P-BR-E-00498
Date : 24/05/2022
Country/Region : BRAZIL
Caption : Metropolitan Region of Fortaleza, municipality of Aquiraz, Auri Moura Costa Female Penal Institute. Julie Oliveira, a writer of cordel literature, a popular literary genre in Brazil, reads to the inmates, from her chapbook "A peleja do CICV nas Causas Humanitárias (the ICRC’s fight for humanitarian causes)", inspired by the ICRC’s work with people deprived of their liberty.
Photographer : ALMEIDA, Camila
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, article 27.05.2022:
" Brazil: A story about Mandela
“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” Nelson Mandela (1918-2013).

Inspired by stories about the prison community and Mandela, cordel writer Julie Oliveira penned a few lines of verse while at the Auri Moura Costa Women’s Prison.
“Let Mandela’s fight give you inspiration
Sparking in you that transformation
That you yearn to see in the world
Only this way will Our mission we fulfil!”

“I think the cordel chapbook played an educational role in this activity, helping to stimulate dialogue, because it presents facts the public should know in an entertaining way; but it’s also a call to those who wish to embark on the adventure of materializing and expressing thought,” comments cordel writer Julie Oliveira.

In partnership with the Ceará State Prison Administration Department, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) carried out the activity "A story about Mandela" at the Irmã Imelda Lima Pontes Prison and the Auri Moura Costa Women's Prison, as part of the campaign to promote the Nelson Mandela Rules, which are universally agreed standards that guide countries on the treatment of people deprived of their liberty."
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