Pre-trial detention has become an unavoidable route for these minors due to a lack of sufficient resources from the Ministry of Justice. 80% of these young individuals have not yet been tried for the crimes they are accused of and they have no idea when they will be released.
With 21,000 individuals currently incarcerated, of which 700 are minors, Madagascar has one of the highest rates of incarceration across all of Africa.
In November 2016, Antanimora prison in Antananarivo was home to more than 100 youths in conflict with the law. They were held in a specific unit for minors, separated from adults, which is not the case for all of the prisons on the island.
Pre-trial detention has become an unavoidable route for these minors due to a lack of sufficient resources from the Ministry of Justice. 80% of these young individuals have not yet been tried for the crimes they are accused of and they have no idea when they will be released. They are imprisoned for predominantly minor offenses: often petty crimes for survival or allegations of rape reported by the families of young girls when the families of young boys are unable to pay them money.
Numerous organisations provide daily help and support. Educators offer literacy classes, trainings and activities aimed at restoring hope and reducing the risk of re-offending after their release from prison. Food is distributed to supplement the meagre rations allocated by the government.
The secular organisation Grandir Dignement (Growing Up with Dignity) aims to render the increasingly precarious and unsanitary prison conditions more humane. It also actively collaborates with the Ministry of Justice to enforce the implementation of legislative reforms centred on children’s rights.
After studying sociology, he became a professional photographer and worked for many years in advertising.
Today he works in social and documentary photography, and is particularly focused on discrimination and oppression of all kinds.
His photographs are the result of subjective positioning across a range of topical subjects, at the crossroads of a desire for information and a long-term perspective.
Pierre DUVERT has been a member of the studio Hans Lucas since October 2015.