Freemuse visits Lapiro in prison
|After years of international campaigning, Freemuse finally managed to have a personal meeting with the musician Lapiro de Mbanga who has been imprisoned in Cameroon since 2008.
Freemuse Programme Officer Martin Buch Larsen recounts that it was an intimidating affair to walk the prison yard of New Bell Prison in Doula and experience the state of thousands of desperate prisoners. Desperate prisoners, of whom 70 per cent are awaiting their trials, but here there is no separation of the accused and the condemned.
As Freemuse staff and local partners passed the prision yard, the desperation peaked as prisoners reached out their hands through the iron bars in the hope for gifts, money or mercy.
Still fit for fight
Lapiro is set to be released on 9 April 2011, a much awaited day for himself, his family and fans all over Cameroon
Strong ties to local partners
During the visit, Freemuse visited several human rights organisations, lawyers, media houses and cultural activist to discuss the possibilities of continued support and campaigns for persecuted musicians and artists.
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