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."

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