Trained, not detained
Highlights from the experience of teenagers in conflict with the law
Many children come in conflict with the law because of petty crimes. They’re deprived of their liberty either through detention or social care institutions. In either cases, they may experience terrible situations that children should not have to face and which can change their lives forever.
Despite the existence of alternative measures to deprivation of liberty in the Egyptian law (such as training and rehabilitation programs and community service), these alternatives are still not widely implemented.
With the generous fund of the Embassy of the Netherlands, UNICEF Justice for Children program seeks to support the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the activation of the provisions of the law and mechanisms for the application of alternative measures to detention and to placement in social care institutions. UNICEF cooperates with governmental and non-governmental entities in providing support to children in conflict with the law in a way that takes into account their maturity, circumstances and the gravity of the offence committed. Eventually, the child will take responsibility for his/her act and gets reintegrated into society.
This photo essay gives us the opportunity to listen to the voices of some teenagers from Alexandria, Egypt who came in conflict with the law. It captures the impact of detention and institutionalization on children's lives and the effectiveness of alternative measure to detention such as training and rehabilitation programs.