South Africa is synonomous with crime, and particularly violent crime. Pollsmoor prison reflects this and the bird-breeding project is no exception. Murderers, rapists, armed robbers - they have been selected to participate in the programme.

"It is not easy," says a convict, holding a bird in his cell.
"It's like being a mother. When a chick wakes up in the night, you have to feed it. When the electricity goes out, you have to hold it very close to you, all night long, for warmth."


Copyright 2000 Johann van Tonder