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Associated Press

20 May, 2011

MOGADISHU, Somalia –  Hassan Qasim lies shackled to a wall in a hallway with 25 other patients at a clinic for the mentally ill in Somalia.

The country has been mired in civil war for almost as long as he’s been alive. Doctors say the 25-year-old’s brother and sister both were killed in front of him. Soon after Qasim began wandering the streets naked.

The World Health Organization estimates that one in three Somalis have suffered from some kind of mental illness, a rate that is among the highest in the world.

Somalia is also among the worst places on earth to have a mental illness.

Resources are so limited that many are simply chained up without medication. The country has just three psychiatrists at its main mental health facilities nationwide.

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KALMUNAI, 27 April 2010 (IRIN) –  Selvanayagam Selvantha, 34, has worked as a pastor and social worker for eight years in rural northeast Sri Lanka, helping people to recover from the country’s civil war and the 2004 tsunami, which displaced more than a million people. He works with the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India, which provides free nursery and after-school activities for affected children, and spoke to IRIN about his experiences: (more…)

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KILINOCHCHI, 2 April 2010 (IRIN) – Ragavan Sinnathurai, 15, was a resident of Kilinochchi during Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war between government forces and the now defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who had been fighting for an independent Tamil homeland for more than two decades. (more…)

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Situation of children in Gaza remains precarious 100 days after end of conflict

GAZA, 28 April 2009 – More than three months after the cessation of hostilities in Gaza, the Israeli blockade and inter-Palestinian tension are hampering recovery efforts.

“Although the conflict ended 100 days ago, children in Gaza continue to suffer, both physically and psychologically,” said Patricia McPhillips, UNICEF Special Representative to the occupied Palestinian territory. “It is critical that supplies and materials needed for recovery and rehabilitation are allowed in.”

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Mental illness in Iraq rises as care falters
By Erica Goode
International Herald Tribune

In a different time, in another country, where violence and terror did not stalk the streets, Dr. Amir Hussain could practice psychiatry the way he once hoped to.

He can see it in his mind: the clean, tastefully decorated hospital wards, the well-stocked pharmacies, the gleaming laboratory equipment, the thickly carpeted consulting rooms, the halfway houses and outreach teams that help chronically ill patients reestablish their lives outside the hospital. (more…)

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