I am Sofia and this is my story…

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“I didn’t use drugs but would sell because I needed the money. The people who helped me at the time by giving me shelter were the same ones who betrayed me in court. I had all the evidence, said the name of the one who handed me the goods, who paid me for the trips, who brought the money. I share all the details. And yet I ended up in here and they are out there … I have 2 daughters and I am already a grandmother. I had a very difficult story with my daughter. I don’t know how she will ever recover from this. At the time I was living alone with her, she was only 4 years old. One of my grandmother’s tenants abused my daughter. I noticed when she went to the bathroom and she was covered in blood. I immediately took her to the hospital. In the end I had justice, God took the man who abused my daughter. He died in the hospital. I was so relieved that this monster was no longer in this world. When I get out of here, I want to go see my house, go get my daughter, go to the cemetery to visit my grandfather, and have lunch at a restaurant. The following day I will look for work. And never, but I never come back to the life that brought me here. ”

What about LOVE…

“Love is a feeling that comes from within. We feel love for the ones who give us affection, joy, union, that is, love. Knowing how to share is essential to conquer love. But here it doesn’t work like that, everything is used as a bargaining chip, no one gives love or affection without any second intention. ”

Sofia – Santa Cruz do Bispo Female Prison – 2019

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“Eu não consumia mas vendia porque precisava do dinheiro. As pessoas que me ajudaram na altura ao darem-me abrigo foram as mesmas que me traíram em tribunal. Eu tinhas as provas todas comigo, disse o nome de quem me entregava a mercadoria, quem me pagava as viagens, quem trazia o dinheiro, disse tudo. E mesmo assim vim parar aqui dentro e eles estão lá fora…
Tenho 2 filhas e já sou avó, não parece mas sou.
Vivi uma história muito difícil com a minha filha que não sei como ela irá recuperar. Na altura eu vivia só com ela, ela tinha apenas 4 anos. Um dos inquilinos da minha avó, abusou da minha filha. Percebi quando ela foi a casa de banho e vi que estava cheia de sangue. Levei-a de imediato para o hospital.
No fim tive justiça, Deus levou o homem que abusou da minha filha. Ele morreu no hospital. Senti-me tão aliviada por aquele monstro não estar mais neste mundo.
Quando sair daqui quero ir ver a minha casa, vou buscar a minha filha, vou ao cemitério visitar o meu avô e vou almoçar fora. No dia a seguir vou procurar trabalho. E nunca, mas nunca mais volto à vida que me trouxe aqui.”

E o AMOR…

“O amor é um sentimento que vem de dentro. Nós sentimos amor porque quem nos dá afecto, carinho, alegria, união, ou seja, amor. Saber partilhar é essencial para vingar no amor. Mas aqui dentro não funciona assim, tudo é usado como moeda de troca, ninguém dá amor ou afecto sem alguma segunda intenção.”

Sofia – Estabelecimento Prisional de Santa Cruz do Bispo Feminino – 2019

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