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of the big­gest killers is foot rot.

With no room to do any­thing but stand on floors cov­ered in fel­low in­mate’s piss and shit, the pris­on­ers’ feet start to go gan­grenous with toes turn­ing black and drop­ping off.

The lucky ones have their lower limbs chopped off be­fore it spreads through the body.


The other dan­ger comes from your fel­low in­mates.

With no way of fairly shar­ing the food out, it leaves many slowly starv­ing to death.

This has led to in­ci­dents in which des­per­ate pris­on­ers, un­able to con­trol their rag­ing hunger, will at­tack a cell­mate and try to eat him. The prison is so packed be­cause of the ex­plo­sion in pris­oner num­bers af­ter the Rwan­dan mas­sacres when the Hutu and Tutsi tribes started hack­ing each other to bits with ma­chetes.

At the height of over­crowd­ing around 12 pris­on­ers would die each day – ei­ther through disease, suf­fo­ca­tion or at­tack.

But hav­ing your toes fall off and get­ting eaten by your cell­mate is a rel­a­tive lux­ury in Gitamara Prison. It’s much bet­ter than find­ing your­self in The Cel­lar.

This is an un­der­ground block that in­ves­ti­ga­tors dis­cov­ered in 2007. Pris­on­ers are locked up in to­tal dark­ness, never see­ing any light.

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