2014 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 2nd prize

War and Mental Health After Crisis


Robin Hammond

23 June, 2011

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.

About the photographer

Robin Hammond

The winner of two World Press Photo prizes, the RF Kennedy Journalism Award, three Pictures of the Year International Awards, the W.Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography,...

Technical information

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35.0 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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