Photo by @hammond_robin for @witness_change.
The Pentecostal Church of Bokiccenag, Northern Togo, keeps Yendani Matthews (centre) chained most of the time to a tree in their grounds. They say it is because of his erratic behaviour, but they chain most of those with mental health problems who have come for healing. Ultimately it is fear and stigma and a lack of resources that has him restrained. He was brought to the church by his mother in the hope that prayer would heal him of his mental illness. To the left of Yendani is the supervisor of the church grounds, Douti Lankondjoua and to the right Douti Sambiani André - the church deacon.
#InMyWorld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. This first phase of the project was created in collaboration with Handicap International as part of Witness Change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling.
@handicap_international_belgium @hi_france @handicap_uk @handicap_international Robin Hammond is a photographer with @noorimages.