A Sense of Urgency in Africa
Mr. Hammond, a New Zealander living in South Africa, was covering the independence referendum in Juba, South Sudan, about a year ago. He drove past a mentally disabled girl begging on the street and asked someone what would become of her. He was taken aback to hear that the mentally ill in Juba were simply warehoused behind the formidable stone walls of the town’s central prison. So he began digging, focusing his energies and his lens on how mental illness was addressed in several African countries – South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Somalia and Kenya.