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10 Inmates Die In DR Congo’s Matadi Central Prison In A Week

Anonymous sources within the Matadi Central Prison mentioned that the deaths were caused by congestion, poor ventilation, and lack of water supply.

Ten inmates of the Matadi Central Prison in DR Congo have been reported dead in one week in March 2022, prison sources have confirmed.

The deaths occurred between March 6 and 12, 2022 and were attributed to various causes such as congestion, poor ventilation, and lack of water supply. 

“Choking due mostly because of heat, insufficient ventilation in the various sections of the prison and absence of potable water for several months now within the Matadi central prison are responsible for the unfortunate situation,” a prison official who opted for anonymity told HumAngle.

Though all other sources revealed the number of inmates dead in the prison within a week is six, Apolonya Longo, the Director of the Matadi Central Prison, said only three prisoners died between March 6 and 12, 2022.

Longo maintained that the three prisoners died from “tuberculosis from which several inmates suffer and who always refuse taking medication prescribed by the prison doctor.”

The Matadi Central Prison currently houses 624 inmates including 19 women and 42 children who fell foul of the law.

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