By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Families Behind Bars: Stories of injustice, endurance and hope
By Kay Danes (New Holland, $29.95, softcover, 334 pages)
This is real life drama “at its most potent”, especially when you learn about the dozens of Australians who are not only on death row, but sentenced to life imprisonment in international prisons.
These are realistic accounts of the traumas suffered by ordinary people in the community who have had loved ones detained in a foreign prison. It is their recounting that will make you appreciate the fragile hold we all have on life.
They are ordinary people trapped in a world of misery and hopelessness. Each story is uniquely inspirational and shockingly heartbreaking.
Kay Danes writes from her own experience of being imprisoned in Laos under false charges, together with husband Kerry. Her story in the collection strives to raise awareness of injustice, social issues, personal safety and overcoming adversity.
This revised edition includes interviews with some high profile people like David Hicks, Bali 9, Schapelle Corby, Michael Connell, Jock Palfreeman and families who have children on death row.
There are other touching stories of incarceration, heartache and the unbelievable conditions that prisoners must endure.
You will not only be inspired by the courage of what some families have to stealthily tolerate, but the book also plunges you, without any warning, into a “rollercoaster of despair”. It also inspires and offers hope that nothing is impossible.
Families Behind Bars reminds us that no matter who we are, the principle of rights and justice are worth defending.
With her own experience of “surviving unlawful detainment and torture” in a foreign prison, Kay is an inspiration with her tireless efforts to help and support those who are oppressed and powerless.
Kay makes a compelling case. “It doesn’t take much to make a difference in someone else’s life. It simply begins by caring.”
Simple sentiments, with far-reaching consequences and a poignant wake-up call for everyone.
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