HOPE BEHIND BARS AFRICA
Access to Justice
We represented Miss Biu, for a capital crime she never committed after she had spent almost 3 years awaiting trial.
Miss Biu was married off to a man 3 times her age when she was 13. As a child bride, she would often run away and would be dragged back to her husband’s house where she had to endure spousal rape, lashings and even the loss of her child. About 3 years after her marriage, she had an altercation with her rival which led her to run away from the house. Before her return, her rival’s young daughter had fallen into an open well and died. Immediately Aisha returned, she was accused of killing her step-daughter and the local security men were summoned. Miss Biu was taken away to the city and handed over to the police who wrote a confessional statement for her and changed her age to that of an adult.
When we took up her case, she had spent 2 years and 9 months in prison. We applied for her bail which was granted by the court and a few months later we secured her release on grounds of lack of diligent prosecution. Today, Miss Biu is free again and we are working with her to get her life back on track.
Made in corrections
We are building Made in Corrections, a social enterprise that empowers indigent women and young persons behind bars with alternative skills and informal education needed to rebuild their lives in and after prison. Our beneficiaries earn revenue for the value they provide while in prison.
In 2020, we partnered with the Embassy of Germany and worked with female inmates in Suleja correctional facility, Niger state to produce 1470 reusable face masks. The face masks were distributed for free to the prison community and to persons in low income communities as a preventive measure against COVID-19.
BACK ON TRACK
Back on Track is a rehabilitation, reformation and re-entry project that is aimed at reducing recidivism rates in the lives of formerly incarcerated persons.
Wrongfully picked up by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Christopher’s family had exhausted all their money on legal fees in spite of the prosecution not having a case against him.
Through our work, Christopher who would have been given the death penalty for a crime he did not commit after awaiting trial for 6 years is a free man today. He is now leveraging our support to get his life back on track.
2020 annual Impact Report
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