War and mental health after crisis

16 October 2012

Port Harcourt, Nigeria

A man with one leg amputated, and the other gangrenous, lies in the Port Harcourt Rehabilitation Facility in the Niger Delta. The facility houses over 170 people with mental disabilities, who were formerly living on the streets. Originally designed as a home for widows, the building became a psychiatric hospital in 1999, as homeless people were cleared from the streets in a government clean-up in anticipation of the FIFA World Youth Soccer Championships. 


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.


Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Technical information

Shutter speed: 1/25
ISO: 400
F-Stop: 1.8
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.

Photographer multimedia