War and mental health after crisis

31 January 2013

Monrovia, Liberia

Former child soldier Mamie Denis lives in Trench Town, an informal settlement in the Liberian capital Monrovia, inhabited mostly by ex-combatants of the country’s civil wars.


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.


Monrovia, Liberia

Technical information

Shutter speed: 1/49
ISO: 800
F-Stop: 4.0
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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