Juveniles in Lebanese prisons suffer from inadequate psychological and physical conditions. No qualified buildings, no judges with specific qualifications, no military trained to handle it. They, in their shelters that are supposed to rehabilitate them to be active members of society, are subjected to beatings, torture, sexual harassment and intimidation… until the youth buildings and centers that receive them have become “corridors” to to “rehabilitate” them for further involvement in the world of crime.
The “Mubadara” center is located in the vicinity of the Dahr Al-Bashiq State Hospital. It was established by the Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Reduced penalties.
“The text of my childhood is gone,” this is how “Nour” (a pseudonym) describes her condition after spending more than three years in the building of the center, which the website of the Ministry of Justice more than 7 devoted pages. to talk about him and the “pink life” he provides for girls: living in safe social and psychological conditions, rehabilitation and training projects, education and production programs… It seems far from the life that “Noor” and her arrested colleagues lived It is enough to sum up the times she attempted suicide to show the tragedy she experienced in the center she entered before she was over 12 years old, after fleeing her paternal grandmother’s home and was caught with drugs.
Time passes very slowly for minors in Mubadara Center: Books and notebooks are banned in a center about which the Ministry of Justice website says that “educational programs are a priority (in which) for minors who have not had the opportunity to ‘ to obtain a school culture appropriate for their age,” and that “this program is the responsibility of The director of social activities, which is focused on two or more levels: the education of the illiterate, raising the school standard and informatics.
“Noor” does not understand any of the phrases mentioned on the website, but she confirms that none of this is originally found in the center, since the rehabilitation programs according to the minor prisoners are limited to an association that holds training courses on teaching sewing and crocheting on Mondays and Wednesdays, in addition to the Guidance Association, and Al-Islah, which used to teach female prisoners to draw on Thursdays. As for Nour, the only qualification she received is teaching her the skill to clean toilets and the room of her and her colleagues, and watching Madame Rosie cook molokhia for them every Friday.