this is a translation of the text that ‘runs’ in the video:
Katerina Gkoulioni is the woman who resisted and fought for the rights of the restrained and was “the voice of imprisoned women”. She wrote and published countless letters from within the prison revealing the wrongs of the so-called “penitentiary system”. She was found dead on the 18nth of March 2009, in a ship during transfer from the prisons of Thiva to the prisons of Krete, 2 weeks before her possible release. She left behind Irene, her 29 year-old daughter.
This is an extract of a letter by Katerina Gkoulioni.
“Today I am 41 years old addicted to heroin from the age of 17, all these years sickness and addiction. But the worst nightmare that the most people think as obvious “consequence of addiction” I had never imagined that I would live it like I do. That “obvious consequence” is imprisonment. Do you know what withdrawal syndrome means? I didn’t had the courage to speak, I was sweating, cold, I had spasms, vomiting, my whole body was aching, I felt my skin burning and getting cold at the same time. After I had rot in the isolation -shithole- I pleaded the guard to open the door so I could go to the bathroom and she didn’t. I urinated in a bottle, in the cell, and almost had ileum and I was saying that to her, and the cell sealed with polyglass was filled with smoke and I pleaded her to open the door and let some air in but she wouldn’t. Tears were running through my eyes and the teh guards felt “sorry” for me and since then they give me hypnostedon and a bubblegal daiy. The jailer very often forces me to take off all my clothes and she grabs the opportunity and stares at my naked body and treats me like I’m a piece of garbage. After that, they make me urine in front of them so that they can do a drugtest. They make me sit on a gynecological chair and the jailer puts her finger in my genitals. Many times they push rectum and groin so much that the prisoner is in pain. At the same time ironies and shocking jokes by the jailers are not missing… I used to be a human being with dreams, eager to learn, eager to create. Today all this pain, the abuse, the rape of my body and soul that I have been through make me dream that I kill all those who get paid to torture weak people. I know that the world doesn’t change, but it be reformed, as long as we don’t indifferent.”