Uganda : prisons use sports to encourage team spirit

At the Murchison Bay prison, a section of the Luzira prison complex, those involved are mostly aged between 22 and 35.

Louis Majwala is an inmate who heads the sports department.

“We are confined in one place and we need ways to release stress, sports is one of them. There are many guys who are talented in volleyball, football, board games, athletics and sports gives them a chance to bring their talents out. And when they are playing they feel alive, they are healthier and it encourages teamwork, friendships are formed, peace prevails. And on days when there is no sports, you can feel the tension in the air,” he said.

Some of the prisoners have won medals in volleyball.

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