Curse of insanity. Afghanistan. Pakistan

“In a mad world, only the mad are sane.” ― Akira Kurosawa

Abandoned, chained, forgotten... Mental patients in Pakistan and Afghanistan face the lack of resources to take care of them. There are ignorance and stigma in regards to these mental disorders while mental health care facilities available for their use are very sparse.

Many rural residents still require sending the patients to shrines, where they may be chained, neglected and poorly looked after. Shrines offer draconian approach to mental illness. They 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". It's assumed that the ones who could break the chains would be the only ones that can be healed in the shrine

Mental patients live between divine and curse

Afghanistan. War has a catastrophic effect on the health. Death as a result of war is simply the "tip of the iceberg". More than three decades of conflict have led to widespread human suffering and population displacement in Afghanistan. The effects of war include long-term physical and psychological harm also resulting in drug addictions

Pakistan. While mental health treatment in Pakistan has improved in cities there are still not enough resources to take care of them. There are no exact numbers for the mentally ill in Pakistan, due largely to the associated stigma

In the past, the government of Pakistan has attempted to make progress in the area of mental health by introducing the Mental Health Ordinance on February 20, 2001. When this ordinance came into effect, The Lunacy Act of 1912, enacted by the colonial government, consequently stood repealed. However, the situation is still far from satisfactory, since psychiatric departments tend to be under staffed and to lack basic facilities. Chance has been slow