Salesians of Don Bosco West Africa Province

Salesians of Don Bosco West Africa Province

Fambul: Working with prisoners from within

December 3,,2016 - Sierra Leone

 Doctor Henning Reuter is a retired General Practitioner from Benediktbeuern, 64 kilometres from Munich, Germany. He came in contact with Don Bosco Fambul at a time when the former Director -Brother Lothar -was making a presentation in Munich. He then fell in love with the work Salesians were doing for mankind and thus, with the consent of his wife he offered to work as a volunteer medical doctor to the Prisons Correctional Centre in Freetown, where Don Bosco provides free counselling and medic care to inmates, specially young inmates.

His day start at 1 noon and up to 4.30 pm each day. He offers medical assis-tance to prisoners who are sick between the ages18 to 30 years. Don Bosco provides medication, make diagnosis and some of the cases includes: syphilis,, tuberculosis, HIV, skin diseases, depression and so on. Regular check-ups show that malnour-ishment is a common situation and prisoners need extra feeding in order to “survive”. He said he was surprised when a prisoner walked up to him and said, "I know I am a criminal, but I am ready to change because of what I see you doing for prisoners". 

The library of the prison is used as a consultation room. The dream of Dr Reuter and Don Bosco Fambul is to build up our own structures to carry out medical check ups, surgical operations, dentistry, lab tests and eyes-check ups. This would improve the quality of life of inmates during their stay at Pademba Correctional Centre. 

Photos Prison: Fernando Moleres "Merciless Justice".

 

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