EgyptWatch has accessed a letter from a detainee of the annex prison of Wadi Natrun that details the suffering of detainees due to the ill-treatment being meted out to them by the prison administration. Among the challenges faced by them is the allotting of more than 24 individuals to a single room and a failing health care system which is further aggravated due to a lack of doctors and medicines:
A message to whomsoever it may concern
Conditions in the Annex Prison of Wadi Natrun
Firstly: Ill-treatment of political prisoners and their families. Obstinacy displayed in matters concerning visits.
Secondly: No provisions made to combat the extreme heat and bad ventilation. Locking of cell-doors and accommodating 24 persons in a room which cannot accommodate even five.
Thirdly: Bad health care. There are no doctors, no treatments and inmates are dying in their cells.
Fourthly: Returning food despite the ongoing holy month of Ramadan.
Fifthly: Verbal abuse and indecent behavior from the head of investigation and intelligence.
Sixthly: Limited number of fans and ventilators in rooms.
Seventhly: Bad conditions of the cell, dirty walls and floors which are not even fit for animals.
Eighth: Food that is cooked for the detainees is not fit for human consumption – from the meat to the rice.
Ninthly: Families are looted by intelligence officers who demand bribes or else they return most of the food.
Tenthly: Save us from the head of investigation.