2017 Photo Contest, People, Singles, 2nd prize

Praying for a Miracle

Photographer

Robin Hammond

NOOR for Handicap International

02 April, 2016

Hellen Alfred (41) lives with a mental health condition, in Juba, South Sudan. She says she fell ill after the birth of her sixth child.

Mental illness in South Sudan is often attributed to witchcraft. This means the mentally ill are frequently ostracized, and regarded as a danger to society. Many end up in prison. South Sudan’s animist and Christian cultures treat mental illness with traditional cures or prayers, practices that many professionals see as insufficient or as sheer profiteering. Juba has only a handful of qualified psychiatrists and psychologists, but international NGOs are working with the Sudanese authorities to improve conditions for the mentally ill.

About

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

Shutter Speed
1/80
Focal length
55.0 mm
F-Stop
2.8
ISO
400
Camera
PENTAX 645Z

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