Day after day, year after year, imagine having no space to call your own, no choice over who to be with, what to eat or where to go.
More often than not people forget the value of freedom.
16 years ago, 41 year old Karoi born Charles Bhebhe was convicted of murder and sentenced to 36 years in prison.
And for that lengthy period, he has never set foot outside the walls of Chikurubi Maximum Prison and today he is thrilled to be just outside the walls of the prison even though it is only for a few hours.
“Haaa today I feel very happy because I have been given the chance to be out of theses prison walls,” said Bhebhe.
Bhebhe is part of the 16 D-class prisoners who make up the Chikurubi Maximum Prisoners Choir and is in the process of recording an album at the ZBC Pockets Hill Studios.
The ‘D’ stands for dangerous and most of the inmates in this class are convicted of either rape, murder or robbery and are serving sentences ranging from 15 years to life imprisonment.
Aristotle once wrote, ‘It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light’ and according to these inmates each day should be embraced with a smile…valuing freedom and not taking it for granted.