Throughout the journey, the grandmothers engaged us with information about the villages we drove past and the turbulent times they have encountered since the imprisonment of their children which include; developing high blood pressure and being overworked because they need to sustain their grandchildren’s welfare. They also shared the challenges they face while looking after their grandchildren like feeding, treatment, among others.
Maimouna is a seventy year old female who last visited her son (Gadaffi) in 2008.
When Gadaffi entered the waiting room at the Prison, the two were filled with Joy to see each other; the mother carried her son, they laughed and cried at the same time and encouraged each other to be strong. As the visitation came to an end, they both prayed for each other.
Florence a 62 year old grandmother reported that it will always be a memorable day for her and her son Martin. Since 2006 when Martin was imprisoned, she had never visited him. On seeing each other, they hugged with joy and the mother knelt down to pray for her son. She was filled with so much excitement that words cannot fully describe. While leaving the prison, the grandmother’s walk signaled joy as she threw her hands all over, shaking our hands and thanking us for enabling her visit her son in prison.
For Edirisa, in spite of the fact that his mother refused to come because of fear of being retained at the prison, his wife accepted. On seeing her husband at the Prison, like a typical African woman, she knelt down and greeted him; she was so excited to see him. They encouraged each other and she later handed over the rice she had carried for him.
As we departed the prison, the joy on the relatives' faces was evident as they thanked us for availing this life time opportunity. This in turn made us happy too.
Special thanks go to Steve and Gina Gant for facilitating this grandmother visit.
Above all, we thank God for His Journey Mercies, Protection and Provision that we are able to make such trips. It is indeed a memorable scene seeing people visit their loved ones.