On 21 February, at St. Anne's Church in Port au Prince, Father Jean Robert Louis celebrated in the presence of family members, the funeral of 20 inmates of the National Penitentiary who died of malnutrition, in conditions of poverty and lack of hygiene.
Just a few days ago, the
Associated Press news agency had reported the plight of prisoners in the
According to Fides sources, the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince
has a capacity of 778 prisoners, that means 2.25 m2 per prisoner below
international standards that define the minimum area of 4.50 m2 per
The seriousness of the situation is demonstrated by the fact
that only 548 inmates of this prison were convicted, all others are in
prison without trial, some even wait for many years.
In this prison in 2016 60 prisoners died due to illnesses and ill
Between the 1st and 19th January there was an increase in deaths
compared to previous months.
The causes of death, reported by prison
authorities, are: severe anemia, heart failure, respiratory failure,
pulmonary tuberculosis, hypovolemic shock and gastroenteritis.
Father Jean Louis Robert, who had also celebrated the funerals of other
prisoners in January, reiterated the Commission's commitment to prison
ministry in his parish to continue to support this type of initiative,
to celebrate the funeral and burial of the dead.
Previously the deceased
prisoners were thrown into a mass grave, often without informing the