The constant conflict in central African countries has created a disposition of indifference toward conflict trauma and its effects. Victims of unimaginable brutality, rape and violence are forgiving their tormentors, and finding a way to live with the scars, both physical and psychological.
Raped, murder, abduction, HIV, abandonment and or forced into child armies, they all suffer from psychological scarring and through a combination of counselling, faith and strength of will, are learning to move forward in their lives.
Damning research from the World Health Organisation suggests the magnitude of the mental health burden on society is not matched by the response it demands. According to the 2014 Mental Health Atlas report, the level of public expenditure on mental health in low-income countries is less than US$2 per capita, including “less than one health care worker per 100,000 members of the population.”
Photographed across Uganda in late 2014, these images form the basis for a larger body of work documenting the effects that trauma has on the mental health of the region’s peoples.Living in the Shadow intends to implement and influence policy change by increasing public awareness surrounding the stigma of mental illness, sparking a course of action that will see government and aid agencies increase funding towards mental health, and those who need its comfort.
As seen in The Sydney Morning Herald, and featured on ViewFind.