Amnesty Society's helpful hands

Early in March St Swithun's Amnesty Society, under the guidance of Frau Steer, came up with a very creative campaign to help a prisoner. They focused on an Ethiopian journalist who is serving an 18 year prison sentence after criticising his government and calling for freedom of expression.

Each girl in school was invited to make a painted hand print and to write a personal message of hope to the journalist's wife or a message of protest to the Ethiopian prime minister. Over 100 hand prints were collected and sent to the appropriate place. This original way to show solidarity is hopefully a strong enough voice to give a clear message to countries where freedom of expression is not yet guaranteed to every citizen.

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