Up to 40,000 mentally ill people are in chains or locked up in Indonesia. Their families don’t know what else to do with them and the country’s health system is inadequate to address the problem. Many of them, such as Komang, 26, are held on the island paradise of Bali. Komang was chained up by her brother eight years ago after she ran through the village naked.
Not far from the glistening beaches of Bali, mentally ill people are kept in chains or locked up in small shacks. Locals simply don’t know what else to do with them. But psychiatrist Luh Ketut Suryani has made it her job to set them free. By Katrin Kuntz more… [ Forum ]