“Life is different on this side of the walls and barbed wire. We live differently, there are different rules and all this causes psychological pressure,” said 40-year old Seyran and grew silent, wishing to limit his description of everyday life to these few words.
As a matter of fact, it was terribly difficult to get an access this institution, but while interviewing him I thought that it was even tough for this former public official and candidate of sciences to speak of his current life.
Seyran is serving a five-and-a-half year prison sentence and all his days at the Convicts’ Hospital are spent staring down the road to the home where his family is waiting for him. His mother is gravely ill and he recently lost a child, and the stress exacerbated a skin disorder he suffers from.
Seyran is one of the 255 convicts serving sentences at the Convicts’ Hospital, an institution under the Ministry of Justice. Sixteen of the “residents” are HIV-positive, 40 of them suffer from tuberculosis, the others – ranging in age from 18 to 87 years old – have psychiatric disorders or other serious conditions. Continue reading