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Stories and reflections

In this space you can hear stories and reflections about the experience of unjust imprisonment so that you can encounter people through their own experiences and reflect on them more deeply. You might like to read and reflect together about what these people felt and were experiencing and imagine what it might have been like to go through such experiences. You might like to make notes and ideas in your journal or blog.

Bishop Brian

Amina's story

I was walking down the street to buy bread for my family. In my shopping bag I was also carrying a Bible because I was going on to a prayer meeting. I bought the bread and started back along the road when I was stopped by two men. One of them demanded to know what I had in my shopping bag. I said 'bread'. The other snatched the bag from me. I thought they were just going to rob me. But they threw the bread on the ground and took out the Bible. They wanted to know what I was doing with it. I said I was going to a prayer meeting. Then they started to abuse me and call me a 'filthy Christian'. Some people started to notice what was going on but nobody intervened or came to help me. The two men noticed the others watching and marched me round a corner where they bundled me into a car. I was driven to a police station in the next town. One of the men, who was a police officer, said he had arrested me for stealing and threw me into a cell. I started to cry. For two days after that I was given only water. Then one of the men came back and said the charges had been dropped but that I had better behave better in future. My family had come to the station and given over some money as a fine. But before I was let go the man beat and kicked me as a 'lesson'. My family would not allow me to go to prayer meetings any more or read the Bible. But I said the Lord's Prayer in my head and repeated passages of Scripture. They couldn't take that away from me.

Story told to and edited by ARR

Sally Clark's story

Sally Clark was a solicitor whose two children died as babies. She and her husband were charged with murder but the charges against her husband were dropped. An expert witness, Sir Roy Meadow, testified that the chances of a cot death occurring twice in a well-off family were so tiny they could be disregarded. Sally Clark was convicted in 1999 and sent to prison, where as a lawyer and a police officer's daughter she was targeted by other prisoners. Later it turned out that there were other reasons why Sally Clark's children might have died of natural causes. Sir Roy Meadow's evidence was also challenged. She was released on appeal in 2003, and many other cases in which Sir Roy Meadow had given evidence were reviewed, with other women being freed as well. However Sally Clark never recovered from her imprisonment. She was unable to adjust to normal life and was deeply afflicted by trauma and grief. She became dependent on alcohol and died in 2007. Sir Roy Meadow was found guilty of serious professional misconduct in her case.

Prayers: Pray for people who live in this house
Songs: Listen to or perform music
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Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink

Holding Cell

  • Welcome and warning
  • Guantanamo Bay

Solidarity through Scripture

  • Psalm 107, 142
  • Isaiah 42
  • Matthew 25
  • Acts 5,12,16
  • Hebrews 13

Art

  • Images of imprisonment
  • Game – free the prisoner

Detention

  • Gift giving/Baggage
  • Dumping
  • Confession

Trial

Voices from and about imprisonment

Hope in time of darkness

  • Prayers
  • For those in prison, justice authorities, hostages, condemned

Resources

  • Websites for research
  • Amnesty

House arrest

  • Diary/blog
  • Review journal entries

Conviction

  • Excerpt from Unreconciled?
  • News article about Liu Xiaobo

Finding a way to Freedom

Music - Songs, Hymns, Classical music

DVD

Films, books, CDs

Parole

  • Footsteps of Jesus
  • Passion of Jesus in John's gospel

Condemned cell

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Fr Maximilian Kolbe

Room 101

Reflections
  • Woza
  • Fr Kolbe
  • Brian Keenan
  • Andy McNab

Rations

Porridge

Release

Empty your rucksack, and fill it with what? Will you be able to leave?
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