NAIROBI, KENYA – Today, after spending exactly one year and one day in prison for a crime he had not committed, Joseph was set free.
Last year, Joseph stepped off a matutu – a mini-bus used for public transportation – and stepped into some kind of public brawl. Suddenly, Joseph was hit by a stone. The next thing he knew, the man who threw the rock was accusing Joseph of stealing his phone. Police nearby overheard, and suddenly the mob turned on Joseph. Joseph still had no idea what was going on.
Both Joseph and the man who had thrown the stone were taken to prison. The next day, the man was let go. But Joseph was detained. He was charged with robbery with violence, a capital offense. He was injured, but never taken to the hospital. Instead, he was taken to Nairobi's Industrial Remand Prison, where he eventually met IJM staff.
Joseph was innocent, but he spent twelve months and one day waiting for freedom from inside the prison.
Today, when the court dropped the bogus charges and cleared the innocent man's name, Joseph smiled widely and stated simply: "I am very happy. God came through for me since these allegations were false." He turned to the IJM staff and said, "I am thankful for your help."