A detainee leaves the Baabda Central Women s Prison. (The Daily Star/Dar al-Amal/HO)
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On Christmas Eve last year, Sara crossed the threshold of the prison that had been her home for nearly 12 years.The female prison population is relatively small, totaling around 300 in 2017 -- just under 5 percent of Lebanon's total prison population, according to statistics from the London-based online database World Prison Brief.Data provided to The Daily Star by Dar al-Amal, the NGO that picked Sara up from the prison, suggests that in 2018, less than half of the 351 women who left Lebanon's three women's prisons were able to find accommodation with their families and only seven were able to register in a shelter. Prison had been Sara's home since 2007, when she was jailed for having killed her physically abusive husband. While her sister has so far been hospitable, Sara knows that she cannot stay with her forever. Her sister's husband is unwell and spends all day at home.
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