Sep 042014

JOIN broadcast journalist and documentarist Kara David as she visits a “dormitory for women” this Saturday in I-Witness on GMA-7.

In the corner of a dormitory, an old, near-blind woman lies quietly on her bunk. Faintly, she hums a song. And suddenly she is transported to her past. It has been years ago when her life seemed to end, when this little corner became her entire world. The old woman blinks. When will her son visit her?

At the other end of this dormitory, a grandmother clutches her cane dearly. Her knees are feeble, her back fragile, but nothing can stop her from praying in their chapel. At 90 years old, her plea has yet to be answered. She is not only the oldest resident in her dormitory; she is the oldest inmate in the Correctional Institute for Women.

Kara meets Mary Rose and Petra, infirmed and aged inmates at the maximum-security prison. This is no place for their delicate condition. But this may be their only refuge.

Catch IWitness’ “Dorm 12” this Saturday, September 6, 10:30 p.m. after Celebrity Bluff on GMA-7. To chat with Kara David (@karadavid), tweet her and I-Witness (@IWitnessGMA), #IWitnessSaturdays.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 05, 2014.

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