Sunday, June 11, 2006

Zim prisons in alarming conditions

Harare, Zimbabwe (AHN) - Food shortages, water and power outages, and sanitation facilities in disrepair in Zimbabwe's prisons are resulting in malnutrition-related illnesses and filthy living conditions, a panel of lawmakers reported Friday.
Prison conditions are deteriorating amid the most serious economic crisis in Zimbabwe since its independence from Britain in 1980, and disease and malnutrition are widespread in the country's overcrowded prison cells, a parliamentary committee said in a report.
Due to insufficient funds to buy food, prisoners are suffering of malnutrition-related ailments such a pellagra, which causes skin lesions, intestinal disorders and mental disorientation.....

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