Kamiti prison in Nairobi is one of the largest prisons in Africa and has a total of around 3700 prisoners of which around 130 are juveniles of which 83 are awaiting their trial. They suppose to be here for a short period of time, but quite a few are there sometimes for a year in quite basic conditions.
Some are there for minor offences like smoking weed, others for very serious crimes like rape or even murder.
After teaching a workshop for juvenile prisoners and shooting myself at Mzuzu prison in Malawi, I conducted another workshop at Kamiti prison in Nairobi. I provided ten young prisoners with Nikon coolpix camera’s, which they used to portray their prison life during five days. I helped them with basic techniques and editing. By doing this I got to learn them quite well and we build up trust in eachother, which enabled me to shoot in the prison as well with all their consent.
Besides shooting in the prison I also visited the parents and families of two prisoners, basically to have a better understanding what happened to their son and the consequences for the family.