5, 2007: Kober Prison inmate educates fellow prisoners
through HIV/AIDS prevention cartoons
When Amir Suleiman was jailed at Kober Prison in Khartoum for bankruptcy last year, he did his best to avoid contact with the other inmates. But Amir, a 37-year-old father of three, soon realized his fellow inmates were much like himself – victims of circumstance – and he could use his writing and drawing skills to help them. Amir began drawing cartoons that teach prison inmates how to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate among prisoners has jumped 6 percent in the last five years.
Before prison, Amir lived in Gedarif state, about 400 kilometers from the capital, where he started his own business selling crops. Last year, his business fell into debt and he was jailed when he couldn’t pay back the 90,000 SDG he owed (about 45,000 US dollars).
an educated accountant and businessman, Amir began to help illiterate
inmates by reading and writing letters to their loved-ones. After attending
a seminar on HIV/AIDS organized by the Khartoum-based NGO, Rufaida Health
Foundation a few months ago, Amir noticed that his fellow inmates weren’t
grasping all of the important information they needed to know in order
to prevent contracting the disease, because they couldn’t easily
read and understand the Power Point presentations and lectures.
drew more than 20 cartoons that incorporated humor along with the much
more serious messages often in dialectical Arabic. The Kober Prison administration
posted the drawings in its clinic, and as soon as the Rufaida Foundation
provides him with paint, brushes and other mural painting tools, Amir
plans to paint these sketches on the Kober Prison’s walls.
addition to raising awareness of the issue, the Rufaida Foundation provides
Voluntary Counseling and Testing services, and distributes condoms inside
prisons. The Foundation is one of the Sudanese NGOs being supported by
the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is
managed by UNDP in Sudan.
addition to being responsible for the programmatic and financial management
of the Global Fund grants and the procurement of HIV/AIDS, malaria and
tuberculosis related items, UNDP cooperates with UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, UNAIDS
and International NGOs (ACCORD and Christian Aid) to use their expertise
in the implementation of HIV/AIDS interventions.
For more information please contact:
Programme Manager, Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,
UNDP Sudan: firstname.lastname@example.org
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.