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.