January 21, 2009

Counting The Cost

Coping with a traumatised nation:
According to studies cited by the Afghan health ministry an astonishing 66% of Afghans suffer mental health problems.

And yet this hospital is the only facility in the country dedicated to mental disorders - and there are just 40 beds. ..

Because of a lack of understanding, many Afghans suffering mental health problems are believed to be possessed.

Some are chained in rooms or even caves until it is believed that the "jinns" - evil spirits - have been exorcised.

But others are simply abandoned by their families because they can no longer cope...

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