The Misery Merchants
Life and Death in a Private South African Prison
Misery Merchants provides a deeply human view of how prison privatisation affects the lives of often vulnerable people and how a wealthy multinational corporation earned a handsome profit off the prison, while escaping any responsibility for serious human rights violations.
An attempt to strip me of my humanity made me realise what it means to be human. Violence inflicted on me has only made me more determined to love others and to avoid causing harm. I have a view of my garden from my kitchen table. Every morning, I look at the dried-up vegetables in
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