Over the last fifty years, sub-Saharan Africa has seen more war, famine and natural disasters than any other part of the world. While many may have escaped crises with their bodies intact, the same cannot always be said of their minds. Conflict and disaster divert funds away from health and education. For the mentally ill and mentally disabled, hospitals become prisons and ignorance leads to stigma and neglect. People living with mental health disorders in African countries are condemned to misery, shackled to beds in asylums, living on dirt floors in empty shacks, and dark forgotten corners in churches.
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