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Rev James Seerungum sharing his message to the audience at the men's prison in Richelieu.
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The Worship Band singing before an attentive audience at the women's prison in Beau Bassin.
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The youth paying a visit to the prisoners dormitory.
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The DYC members after the visit at the men's prison in Richelieu.
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DYC Visits the Prisons
by Vivian Dinan
 
MAUEN 051002-1
October 2, 2005

[Diocese of Mauritius - Indian Ocean] The DYC (Diocesan Youth Committee) organized two prison visits during the month of September, one at the menís prison in Richelieu on Saturday 10 and one at the womenís ward of the main prison in Beau Bassin on Saturday 24.

At the menís prison in Richelieu there are approximately one hundred and thirty inmates while at the womenís ward of the main prison in Beau Bassin there are seventy. Among those women, twenty eight are from African countries.

These visits were under the responsibility of Rev James Seerungum, who is the prisonís chaplain and the DYC coordinator. More than fifteen members of the DYC attended this activity.

While the Worship Band led the music and songs, Rev James Seerungum delivered the messages. According to the youth they received a very warm welcome during these visits. Kevin David, the Youth Coordinator declared Ďthe youth were blessed by the response of the inmates.í

These visits were in fact moments of intense emotion and blessings. One of the inmates at the womenís prison declared, while sharing her testimony Ďit is really moving when you receive visits from young people. Even though we are behind bars, our faith and soul are free to receive the loving kindness of GOD.í

At the end of these visits, the prisonís authority asked the DYC to renew the experience.