Safe Haven

Many refugees from African countries like Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea and Ivory Coast have been refused an asylum status in Holland. In fact they are asked to leave the country again. But as they don't have a place to go, and have no official papers of the countries of origin they end up being illegal. In Amsterdam some hundred 'illegal' refugees were temporarily placed in a prison, totally voluntarily. They stayed in the old prison during 6 months. Many of them have stayed in prison in their own country, so they had a mixed feeling staying in a prison room as being their home.