Stories written by Pablo Alfano

URUGUAY: Making the Secret Shame of Illiteracy a Thing of the Past

"Excuse me, I forgot my glasses, could you tell me what that sign says?" This was one of the ruses commonly used by Juan Gómez, who was too embarrassed to admit that at the age of 77, he had never learned to read or write.

Inmate in the CNR carpentry workshop. Credit: Alejandro Arigón/IPS

URUGUAY: Prison Without Bars Offers True Rehabilitation

Fabián Rodríguez has two years to go on a long sentence for robbery. After spending time in three overcrowded maximum security prisons in Uruguay, he finally landed in a rehabilitation centre where work and respect are central pillars. Now he runs a bakery which supplies 200 inmates as well as the guards.