Africans with Mental Health Conditions Live in Chains - Report

Many people with mental health conditions in African nations are living shackled in chains or locked up in confined spaces, says Human Rights Watch. In a report issued on Tuesday, the rights group says a study carried out by its researchers over a nine-year period shows that Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somaliland and South Sudan are among about 60 countries around the world in which those regarded as mentally ill are ill-treated as a result of being stigmatised or because of a lack of mental health services.

At least half of those at a herbal centre in Ghana, run by a healer who learned her trade from her mother, are shackled.

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