In 1988, the prisoners at Bredtveit Prison for women initiated a two-day hunger strike because of inadequate kitchen facilities in one of the common rooms in the high-security department. They had applied for a new waffle iron for several months, and were denied a replacement due to ill treatment of the old one; they had been using it as a frying pan for steaks, hamburgers, etc. Around the same time, the world press reported about hunger strikes in prisons in different countries due to terrible hygiene conditions, overpopulation and malnutrition.1