Posted on May 20, 2011

Kept in Chains: Mental Illness Rampant in Somalia

WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.), May 20, 2011


The World Health Organization estimates that one in three Somalis have suffered from some kind of mental illness, a rate that is among the highest in the world.

Somalia is also among the worst places on earth to have a mental illness.

Resources are so limited that many are simply chained up without medication. The country has just three psychiatrists at its main mental health facilities nationwide.