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prison and flood

So this morning bright and early we headed to Ahotokrom. There we visited Srs. Pat and Monica. They are missionary sisters from Ireland. They have been serving in Ghana for 27 years. They take care of the people who suffer from leprosy. Over the years they have also taken in orphans, the elderly and pretty much anyone else in need. Sr. Monica practices Endorphine release massage which helps relieve nerve pain. she has a reputation in the community for helping people with spasms, pain and nerve damage. It's an impressive campus unfortunately as soon as we arrived, torrential rains started. So much so fast the water even came into the house. So we were unable to meet all the people they work with.

From there we went to visit a prison. Not many are allowed to do this but Sr. Joan Marie is good friends with the prison chaplin. Fr. Joe works at a prison with 880 prisoners. They are housed in 8 dorm rooms that's right check the math...that's 110people per dorm room. Some on bunk beds others sleeping on the floor. they are served two meals a day and some are allowed out on chain-gangs to do work. This prison is for those prisoners who have served 2/3 of their sentence. As long as they have good behavior the last 1/3 of their sentence is forgiven. If they miss behave they are sent back to the high security prison. Father does his best to help them prepare for their release. many will return to families that will disown them because they are ashamed. He also mediates issues of mistreatment of the prisoners.

After a quick lunch we headed to the airport in Accra. What normally takes two hours turned in to four. Why you wonder...remember the torrential rains. Yes the road was completely flooded out at one point. It took us an hour to cross 400 feet of road. The car flooded inside and we had to be pushed across by locals. We made it safe and sound after drying out. Tonight we fly to south africa. Hope life is good for you all.

More soon.

Posted by Anadean 11:18

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