War and mental health after crisis

23 June 2011

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

A man drags a tied-up mentally ill relative behind him, after she had not obeyed his instructions, at the Brothers of Charity psychiatric hospital in Goma. Family members are encouraged to stay with patients, because there is a shortage of staff at the institution.


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.


Goma, Congo, The Democratic Republic of the

Technical information

Shutter speed: 1/160
ISO: 400
F-Stop: 4.0
Focal Length: 35.0 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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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