Twenty-five-year-old Odeneho Samson, restrained by the leg at Nazareth, being prayed over to remove the spirits believed to be causing his mental illness

A prayer’s chance

Robin Hammond photographs the limited mental health options in Ghana as featured in Harper's magazine

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World Press Photo: the story of Hellen

Robin Hammond speaks to World Press Photo about how he sees his role as a photographer and explains to why the image of Hellen was so significant. Robin met Hellen in Juba, South Sudan and his image of her was awarded second prize, singles in the WPP's People category.

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CONDEMNED: Interview by World Press

Robin Hammond speaks to World Press Photo about his award winning project CONDEMNED

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CONDEMNED wins Pictures of the Year International Award

The 2014 POYi World Understanding Award has been given to Robin Hammond's project CONDEMNED which documents mental health in African countries in crisis. The book CONDEMNED was also a finalist in the Best Photography Book category. Robin's portraits from Lagos also received an Award of Excellence.

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CONDEMNED wins World Press Photo Award

Robin Hammond's work documenting mental health in African countries in crisis wins 2nd place in the Contemporary Issues category of the 2014 World Press Photo award.

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Robin on Arte

Robin appears on Metropolis, Arte to discuss his passion for Africa, his work on Zimbabwe, his book CONDEMNED, and his most recent work documenting life in Lagos, Nigeria.

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CONDEMNED – A call to action. You can help!

Send CONDEMNED, the book, to someone who can make a difference on this issue - a person with power. There are some organisations working hard with few resources to help people with mental disability in African countries in crisis. You can help them.

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Robin speaks to the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University

A short video of an interview and lecture given by Robin Hammond to Columbia University about his project on mental health in African countries in crisis

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Winner W.Eugene Smith Memorial Fund

Robin Hammond has been awarded the 2013 W.Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for his wok documenting mental health in Africa countries in crisis: CONDEMNED

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CONDEMNED, the book, OUT NOW

Robin Hammond's photo project on mental health in African countries in crisis is published by FotoEvidence Book Award.

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Liberia’s former child soldier story on the front of Polka Magazine

Continuing his work documenting mental health in African countries in crisis, Robin went to Liberia to investigate the ongoing psychological impact of war on the young men and women who fought as children in the country's civil wars. This work was made possible with the support of The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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CONDEMNED on the streets of Paris

INIMAGINABLE shows CONDEMNED on billboards around Paris

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CONDEMNED wins FotoEvidence Book Award

The 2013 FotoEvidence Book Award brought projects from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas documenting assaults on human dignity from around the world. There is no shortage of people living under conditions of great injustice but the work submitted for the 2013 FotoEvidence Book Award shows that dedicated photographers everywhere are working to bring this to light and inspire change. We are proud to publish and disseminate the selected projects, which we feel demonstrate the courage and commitment of documentary photographers in pursuit of social justice. Continue Reading →

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CONDEMNED – Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis

Where there is war, famine, displacement, it is the most vulnerable that suffer the greatest.

Abandoned by governments, forgotten by the aid community, neglected and abused by entire societies. Africans with mental illness in regions in crisis are resigned to the dark corners of churches, chained to rusted hospital beds, locked away to live behind the bars of filthy prisons.

Some have suffered trauma leading to illness. Others were born with mental disability. In countries where infrastructure has collapsed and mental health professionals have fled, treatment is often the same – a life in chains.

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CONDEMNED exhibited at Visa Pour l’Image

CONDEMNED exhibited at Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, France. Interview on France 3. September 2012

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CONDEMNED in Polka

CONDEMNED in Polka Magazine. September 2012

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