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Honduras - Prison afire!




The fate of a prisoner behind bars is already a pain. Though deserving to an extent, to be inhumanly treated is sheer injustice. When their inner being is pent up with varied disturbed feelings, being stacked together beyond capacity and lacking the necessary facilities would have aggravated them even more. Setting themselves ablaze...proves it. Needless to say the number would far exceed the quoted one and more would succumb to death in the following days. United with the women who thronged the gates sharing their loss and agony we can only pray that such happenings do not repeat. Though a prisoner/ criminal, one is a human being and as such needs to be respected.

God of justice and mercy, touch the hearts of the survivors to start afresh,

May the wounded be strengthened to cope with their situation, be given good care

And the bereaved to be brave to face and be consoled as time passes by

Above all let the authorities be prompt to do the needful with generous assistance from other countries to restore order and peace.

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