Prison of St. Nicholas

Prison of St. Nicholas

The Bentiaba Prison Center, built in the middle of the Namibe desert, almost 150 kilometers from Moçamede's headquarters, carries a history marked by myths, atrocities and terror.

The Bentiaba Prison Center, built in the middle of the Namibe desert, almost 150 kilometers from Moçamedes's headquarters, carries a history marked by myths, atrocities and terror.

Created in colonial times, with the purpose of isolating prisoners of conscience (politicians), the old jail of St. Nicolau was already pointed out as a torture stage, where only heroes resisted, the Center underwent a metamorphosis policy and infrastructure with notable investments from The pain, fear and terror of the past gave way to a life of peace and tranquility to citizens who have lost part of their freedom through condemnation judicial, but maintain the dream of re-socialization.

 It appeared in the 60s with more highlight, because it was in these years that the liberation movements were born national. It continues with an open character, as it was in that when receiving prisoners of conscience.

Bentiaba is a historic site that wants to raise the national and world cultural heritage, where humanization and improving reception conditions for prisoners is a priority, opened in Angola, the unit is in a privileged view area for the component that is, surrounded by a desert taken by rocks, mountains and "mixed" with the Bentiaba River.

It emerged in 1824, but was only made official as a prison center in 1974, in the light of decree 68/74 of 29 August, published in the Official Bulletin nº 201. The Bentiaba Prison Center, erected in the Namibe Desert, almost 150 kilometers from the provincial headquarters, carries a history marked by myths, atrocities and terror.

Created at the time with the purpose of "isolating" prisoners of conscience (politicians), the old jail of São Nicolau was already pointed out as a stage of torture, in which only "heroes" resisted.

Reports of anguish in the historic center they are almost always frightening and came from various parts of Lusophone Africa.

However, the current reality of the "desert prison" is a far cry The pain, fear and terror of the past gave way to a life of peace and tranquility to citizens who have lost part of their freedom through condemnation but retain the dream of resocialization.

Architectural, natural air and the combination of colors, predominantly the green brought by the plantations are aspects that give it notoriety. However, it is the phrases ideological letters on the walls, in bold letters, which illustrate the activity of the prison.

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