Real Life Stories

For some the hardest thing about overseas imprisonment is the isolation and distance from home and family. For others it’s the terrible conditions and daily struggle for survival. Sometimes, it’s a combination of all of them.

Nobody can truly convey the reality of life in an overseas prison, or the desperation of being left at home wondering what has happened to your loved-one, better than the people who have experienced these things for themselves.

The following case studies talk in depth about the shocking treatment people can experience in an overseas prison, and what it’s like to be separated by thousands of miles without the modern forms of communication we take for granted today. But they also show that with the right support, prison doesn’t have to destroy the lives of those it affects.

Posted on 2nd July 2014

Paul’s Story: Shackled and beaten – Hell in a Thai jail

Paul was living in Thailand, happily married with a young son, running a successful business. But he broke the law – one mistake nearly cost him his life during a 27 month prison sentence in a harsh Thai jail.

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Posted on 2nd July 2014

Tracy’s Story: My son was imprisoned in Dubai – a mother’s worst nightmare

Tracy’s Story is written by our caseworker, Elena. The story explains how Tracy’s son, Grant, was imprisoned in Dubai and the support we offered both mother and son.

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Posted on 2nd July 2014

Billy’s Story: In the Philippines, people with a disability get special treatment…

Here Billy Burton writes about his ordeal behind bars in a Philippines prison; it’s a gruelling story but it illustrates how Prisoners Abroad supports British citizens imprisoned overseas.

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Posted on 2nd July 2014

John and Derek’s Story: Handcuffed and held at gunpoint – imprisonment in Brazil

Are you thinking about travelling to Rio for the Olympics? #knowbeforeyougo  Crime rates are high in Brazil and there are currently risks of protests in Rio de Janeiro.  Brazil also operates severe penalties for drug crimes. Read more about high crime risks here; https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/brazil/safety-and-security  Prisoners Abroad is currently supporting 57 British Citizens in South American […]

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Posted on 2nd July 2014

Graham’s Story: Adjusting to life in a country that isn’t your home

Graham’s Story looks at how he was deported from the USA to the UK after he emigrated at four years old. Here we focus upon what Graham went through and how Prisoners Abroad’s resettlement services supported him.

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