Canada: camping holidays near the prison

Solange and François* share how their son’s incarceration affected their family life. A two-voice testimony.

< image © Valentin Lombardi.

Émile*1 was sent to prison in 2016. His parents, Solange* and François*, have been taking care of his twin daughters since they were a year old. They describe the phone calls, how far they have to travel to visit him, the effort they put into maintaining the relationship and the thoughts that drive them.

— This testimony is part of the series Outward Bond.

  1. *Names have been changed to preserve anonymity. 

We are treated like social pariahs, as if we were responsible for what our loved one in prison did.

The girls and their father cried a lot. He would have liked to hug them, but he could not.