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.