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Solmalia's Mentally Ill Population In Chains

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Solmalia mental health in chains

Literally.

Ugh! This is so sad!

The World Health Organization estimates that one in three people in Somalia have suffered some kind of mental illness, which is one of the highest rates in the world.

Even worse, the country does not have the ability to treat them properly and most mental health facilities leave the "patients" chained to the wall. At one such facility, 50% of the patients were detained in chains!

Somali psychiatrists, like Dr. Abdirahman Ali Awale, account the high rate of mental illness due to decades of war that has torn apart the country, saying:

"We believe every bullet or mortar will cause more people to become mentally ill."

There doesn't seem to be nearly enough help available for these sad, sad cases of individuals who have lost their family and now their minds to violence. A report found that only 3 psychiatrists are working at its five main mental health facilities, with NO psychologists to be found.

The Habeb mental hospital is the only facility that treats patients without detaining them. Fortunately, it has been receiving medicine and other supplies from the World Health Organization as a result of their humane treatment.

[Image via AP Images.]

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