Rwanda’s capital Kigali, is known as the cleanest and
tidiest city in Africa. Sex workers, street children, beggars, street vendors, are
rarely seen on the streets.
They are always on the lookout for the police and
ready to pack up their goods at a moment’s notice.
practice by the Rwanda National Police of rounding up those termed as
medical care, poor hygiene conditions that render many sick, before they’re
released back to the streets.
Usually with orders to leave the capital so
they’ll stop being a menace. This is why many describe it as a prison.
thousands of genocide prisoners, political prisoners, protesters, and those the
government has labeled as not willing to confess.
The prison built in the 1930s
was meant to house a few thousand inmates, but at the end of the genocide, the
population jumped to more than 50,000. Today, there are more than 90,000
undesired Rwandans in Gikondo.
detained. There is no lawful basis for depriving the majority of Gikondo’s
detainees of their liberty, especially with no judicial body regulating
The video below shows family members bringing food for their loved ones in Gikondo.