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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Former prisoners form Association to raise community awareness

Some former Solomon Islands prisoners have formed an association to raise awareness about life in prison for communities in the country.

Founder of the Prison Fellowship of Solomon Islands Nicholas Rodi of Isabel Province says they have already elected a board of trustees in June this year.

They are Pastor Martin Losi of the Seventh Day Adventists Church, Pastor Philip Manuao of the South Seas Evangelical Church, Eileen Tekulu of the United Church and Connie Tehe of Kingdom Harvest International.

Mr Rodi says he formed the Fellowship to enable ex-prisoners to talk to young people of various communities about life in prison and how to avoid ending up there.

"The idea to form such an awareness organisation came to his mind while he was in prison. I decided that when I leave the prison, I'll start the group. I am not an educated person, only a farmer, so I slowly work on it until I launch it, so that they can recommend it fro me to ran in schools and in the provinces."

The Prison Awareness Fellowship of Solomon Islands was launched by Bishop Zephaniah Legumana of the Episcopal church in a live broadcast on national broadcaster SIBC yesterday afternoon.

Source: SIBC

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