Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, metropolitan archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Kinshasa, deplored the conditions under which prisoners are incarcerated at the Kinshasa Penitentiary and Rehabilitation Centre (CPRK), commonly known as Mr. Makala. It was during a pastoral visit that he made this Thursday, December 26.
In front of the press, Cardinal Ambongo revealed that prisoners face two difficulties. First of all, it is about precarious social conditions. "What I have seen here is deplorable. Some sleep or even on the ground," he said.
Second, other prisoners face the difficulties of justice. He said that some cases are not followed by the courts, from which there are prisoners innocently languishing in prison. He also called on the country's authorities to come to the rescue of the prisoners.
"Let those in power remember that those who are here are human beings," he urges them.
Here is Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo's statement to the press: