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They are people, not sardines
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Dear President Duterte,
I know you’re a very busy man but I hope you’ll have some time to read this.
Schindler’s List is one of my favorite movies. I hope you have seen it already. It tells the story of a man who saved hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust.
In 2008, I visited the Holocaust Museum in Houston. I entered this car by myself. It was used to transport Jews to the concentration camps where many of them were killed brutally.

This car transported Jews during the Holocaust

Lots of Jews died during the transport.

This car transported Jews during the Holocaust

The ones who survived were forced to stay under inhuman conditions with little food. They were cramped in bunk beds like sardines.

Auschwitz
Auschwitz

This was more than 70 years ago. Now in the Philippines, take a look at our prison conditions in Manila, photographed by Noel Celis/AFP.
They are worse than the concentration camps.

Manila jail

There are no beds.

Manila jail

No space.

Manila jail

Some of them sleep in the open air. What if it rains, like now?

Manila jail

They are human too.

Manila jail

Not sardines.

Manila jail

Some sleep on the stairwell.

Manila jail

Dear President Duterte,
Look what the past presidents have not done to help these people. Maybe you can be the change they are waiting for. Please have mercy.
Not everybody is guilty. Some of them have been waiting for years for their cases to be heard.
And if they’re guilty, they still don’t deserve this.
Please do something.

Please share until it reaches the President.
Thank you.

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