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Somalia: People with mental health problems held in chains

Posted 26/5-11 at 18.11

Partly because of the impact of two decades of war, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one in three Somalis have suffered from some kind of mental illness, a rate that is among the highest in the world.

A WHO report found that the country has only three psychiatrists and no psychologists working at its five main mental health facilities.

As a result, some Somalis have been chained up in mental wards for as long as eight years. At one mental health facility, almost 50 percent of patients were chained. At other clinics, doctors recite the Quran to patients, hoping it will improve their condition.





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