the curse of insanity

  • Photographer
    Diego Ibarra Sánchez
  • Prize
    1st Place / Editorial/Photo Essay and Feature Story
  • Company/Studio
    Freelance
  • Date of Photograph
    2011-2012
  • Technical Info
    Digital RGB

Abandoned, chained, forgotten... Mental patients in Pakistan face the lack of resources to take care of them. Ignorance and stigma regard mental disorders. Mental patients in Pakistan live between divine and curse. Many rural residents still require sending the patients to shrines, where they may be chained, neglected and poorly looked after. Shrines offer them ancient rituals for healing the mental patients to take out the evil spirits. According to the local beliefs the mental illness is labeled as being possessed by an evil spirit known as "Jinn".

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