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Improving the living conditions and reintegration of detained children in Guinea

In overcrowded prisons in Guinea, Tdh is supporting the reform of the prison system. The objective is to improve the conditions of detention and reintegration of children and young people in conflict with the law.

Terre des hommes is guiding the reform of the Guinean prison system in by improving conditions in prisons and the preparation for reintegration of children and young people in nine prisons.

 

This project enables the efforts of the authorities in governance and respect of human rights to be supported, particularly in the judicial system.

 

Improving detention conditions for young people

 

Detained children are particularly vulnerable to the appalling living conditions in prison. The lack of hygiene and sanitation facilities adds to the lack of separation between detained children and adults, and also between those accused and those convicted. Under these difficult circumstances, the Terre des hommes teams are improving the health and hygiene of detained people. We are pursuing specific interventions towards water, hygiene and sanitation, including the distribution of hygiene kits, the restoration or construction of medical facilities, water supply systems, showers, toilets and waste management systems, as well as developing a referral system for sick inmates requiring hospitalisation.

 

Socio-professional reintegration

 

Tdh is also committed to the social well-being and reintegration of incarcerated young people, using educational and recreational activities that help them to personally grow and thrive. We also provide professional training courses, like hairdressing, saponification, dyeing, farming, sewing and embroidery. The released young people receive socio-professional support from our teams. ‘These training and support activities assist in giving self-confidence back to the young people in detention and facilitates their reintegration in their family and society when they are released’, explains David Bridier, head of the Guinea delegation.

 

Tdh is concurrently advocating in favour of alternative measures to the detention of convicted children. Training on this matter aimed at penal chain actors, like judges, police officers and social workers, has been hosted in Conakry and Kindia.

 

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