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Many foreign non-governmental organisations fled the Somali capital, Mogadishu, when fighting in the city intensified. A lot of Somali health care professionals did the same. The patients at Ahlu-Kheyr Public Mental Hospital did not have the means to leave. In many countries over-run by a crisis, traditional and religious healers fill the void left by mental health professionals. At this hospital, a Muslim cleric stepped in to provide care. As the funding that paid for medication dried up, it was replaced with prayer, in the case of this hospital, often delivered to patients through a megaphone. Mogadishu, Somalia, June 2011.

Robin Hammond

Print Size: 900x600 mm
Frame Size: 1160x870 mm
Paper Type: Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth 305gsm
Frame Colour: Black
Exhibit: POS RH 229 18

 

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Many foreign non-governmental organisations fled the Somali capital, Mogadishu, when fighting in the city intensified. A lot of Somali health care professionals did the same. The patients at Ahlu-Kheyr Public Mental Hospital did not have the means to leave. In many countries over-run by a crisis, traditional and religious healers fill the void left by mental health professionals. At this hospital, a Muslim cleric stepped in to provide care. As the funding that paid for medication dried up, it was replaced with prayer, in the case of this hospital, often delivered to patients through a megaphone. Mogadishu, Somalia, June 2011.

هربت العديد من المنظمات غير الحكومية الأجنبية من العاصمة الصومالية مقديشو عندما اشتدت وتيرة القتال في المدينة، وكذلك بالنسبة للكثير من الاختصاصيين الصوماليين في مجال الرعاية الصحية. أما المرضى في مستشفى أهل الخير الحكومي للأمراض العقلية فلم يكن بيدهم أي حيلة للمغادرة. في العديد من البلدان التي طالتها الأزمة، يحاول الأطباء المعالجون التقليديون والدينيون أن يملؤوا الفراغ الذي تركه اختصاصيو الصحة العقلية. في هذا المستشفى، يدخل رجل دين مسلم لتقديم الرعاية. ومع توقف التمويل الخاص لشراء الأدوية، لم يُترك لهؤلاء المرضى أي أمل سوى الصلاة، وذلك عبر مكبر الصوت. مقديشو، الصومال، يونيو 2011.

Photographer:
Robin Hammond


Print Size: 900x600 mm

Frame Size: 1160x870 mm

Exhibit: POS RH 229 18

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