Heart-breaking photos show what it’s like living in insane asylums in Indonesia

Scott Typaldos has felt compelled to shine a light on the conditions that people with mental illness are living in around the world. He first began his project in 2011 when he photographed at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital in Ghana. While in Ghana, he photographed in so-called “prayer camps” where he witnessed patients being chained to trees or to walls. Typaldos’s compulsion to shed light on the conditions mental health patients live under has now spanned five years and has taken him to Ghana, Togo, Kosovo and in the latest chapter of his project, Indonesia. (…) Chapter four of Typaldos’s “Butterflies” centers on an investigation of the conditions mentally ill people face in Indonesia. Typaldos describes their condition: “In their cages, enslaved by chains, past the other’s indifferent abuse, apparent animals are holding onto a dying humanity. Others are dreaming of freedom through the ingestion of a primal state. Everyone deeply estranged but so closely linked by a raw matter.” Mental illness is a far-reaching and often stigmatized condition in our world. The World Health Organization has estimated that one in four people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime.

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