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Photo by @hammond_robin
“when we came here, i could not even approach him, because he would have hit me. but now with the help of men of god who prayed for him here, i see that he is better” said sankpel bédagou (right) of her son lare (left). they agreed to tell their story for my new campaign on mental health #inmyworld. lare is usually chained to a tree inside the grounds of a church in the region of bokiccenag in northern togo where i met them. i saw 15 other adults living with mental health problems chained to trees or posts around the church while they waited to be cured through prayer. some had been there, chained, for more than a year. lare, like the others, was brought to the church to be healed. people come to the church to pray for the resolution of problems ranging from financial difficulties to severe illnesses. in many parts of the world mental health problems are perceived to be spiritual in nature, so spiritual remedies are sought. in many cases chains are used to immobilise while the healing is taking place. all over the world the freedom of movement is a human right often denied to people with mental health issues.
is my new campaign designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. this first phase of the campaign was created in collaboration with @handicap_international
as part of witness change's work on global mental health. @witness_change
is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. to see more please follow @onedayinmyworld