War and mental health after crisis

10 October 2012

Niger Delta, Nigeria

Traditional healer Lekwe Deezia treats mental illness through the power of prayer and with herbal medicines, in the Niger Delta, Nigeria.  While receiving treatment, which can take months, patients are chained to trees in his courtyard. They say they are fed at most once a day, are beaten, and not given shelter from the elements.


In areas of crisis—in failed states, in refugee camps, in countries where the infrastructure has collapsed—the mentally ill are frequently condemned to neglect or lives of misery. Disregarded in parts of the world by government and the aid community, sometimes far from family support networks, the mentally ill can lead isolated lives, subject to ill treatment.


The Niger Delta, Nigeria

Technical information

Shutter speed: 1/197
ISO: 200
F-Stop: 2.8
Focal Length: 28.0 mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Robin Hammond
New Zealand
Robin Hammond has dedicated his career to documenting human rights and development issues around the world through long-term photographic projects. In 2013, he was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant in Humanistic Photography and he is also the receipient of four Amnesty International awards for human rights journalism.

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