Do you know what I want? I want justice—oceans of it. I want fairness—rivers of it. That’s what I want. That’s all I want
Thousands of people are held in remand awaiting trial in Kenya. Some have been waiting years, others many months, some weeks and weeks for a petty crime. But those with money and a good lawyer will often get bail and a quick release. Kenya is unfortunately well known for its high level of corruption among the police and the judiciary. Money talks and those that cannot pay their way out are often given disproportionate sentences or are sentenced unjustly. For foreigners – often refugees or citizens of other African countries such as Uganda, Burundi, DCR, Liberia, Tanzania or South Africa – the trauma of ending up in prison in a foreign country can be great. Many do not have access to a lawyer and do not understand what is going on in their brief visit to court. Contacting family is expensive and difficult.
Heavenly Father we pray for justice for all irrespective of the amount of money in their pockets.
Written by Sheena Orr, Kenya