Chil­dren jailed with their moth­ers

Observer on Saturday - - News - Times­live

-This week on Africa Weekly, fe­male pris­on­ers in Burk­ina Faso have no choice but to keep their in­fants with them in de­ten­tion.

The in­fants share cells with women jailed for theft, mu­ti­la­tion and mur­der. Mak­ing mat­ters worse for the chil­dren in the cramped cells, au­thor­i­ties pro­vide no sup­port with food, medicine or san­i­tary prod­ucts.

Then, on the is­land of Djerba, off the coast of Tu­nisia, even the dead face dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Here there are sep­a­rate places of burial for light-skinned and dark-skinned in­hab­i­tants.

The dis­crim­i­na­tion is made ac­cord­ing to skin colour - with the darker-skinned be­ing buried in ceme­ter­ies for so-called 'slaves', while the lighter-skinned are buried in the grave­yard for so-called 'free peo­ple'.


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