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Native doctor Lekwe Deezia claims to heal mental illness through the power of prayer and traditional herbal medicines. While receiving treatment, which can sometime take months, his patients are chained to trees in his courtyard. They are not given shelter or protection from the elements and are terrified of him. Away from the doctor, patients beg the photographer for food. They say they are only fed once a day, sometimes only once every three days. One cries and says how cold he gets and that he is attacked by mosquitos every night. His body is covered in bites. The Niger Delta, Nigeria, October 2012.

Robin Hammond

Print Size: 1500x1000 mm
Frame Size: 1820x1330 mm
Paper Type: Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth 305gsm
Frame Colour: Black
Exhibit: POS RH 229 13

 

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Native doctor Lekwe Deezia claims to heal mental illness through the power of prayer and traditional herbal medicines. While receiving treatment, which can sometime take months, his patients are chained to trees in his courtyard. They are not given shelter or protection from the elements and are terrified of him. Away from the doctor, patients beg the photographer for food. They say they are only fed once a day, sometimes only once every three days. One cries and says how cold he gets and that he is attacked by mosquitos every night. His body is covered in bites. The Niger Delta, Nigeria, October 2012.

يدّعي الطبيب ليكوي ديزيا بأنّه يشفي الأمراض العقلية من خلال قوة الصلاة والأدوية العشبية التقليدية. قد يستغرق تلقي العلاج عدة أشهر، وخلال هذه الفترة يتم تكبيل مرضاه بالسلاسل وبالأشجار في فناء منزله. لا يعطيهم مأوى ولا يحميهم كما أنّهم يخافون منه. وعندما يبتعد الطبيب، يستجدي المرضى المصور للحصول على الطعام. ويقولون إنّهم يأكلون مرة واحدة فقط في اليوم، وأحياناً مرة واحدة فقط كل ثلاثة أيام. يبكي أحدهم ويقول كم يصاب بالبرد ويهاجمه البعوض خلال الليل. ويظهر ذلك جلياً على جسده المغطى باللدغات. دلتا النيجر، نيجيريا، أكتوبر 2012.

Photographer:
Robin Hammond


Print Size: 1500x1000 mm

Frame Size: 1820x1330 mm

Exhibit: POS RH 229 13

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