Somalilandsun – Somaliland has one of the highest prevalence’s of mental illness worldwide, with two out of every ﬁve people estimated to be living with severe mental health disorders.
People with mental disorders are highly marginalised in the Somali community and are often isolated at home with chains, abused, and sometimes even kept in prison for many years. Very few have access to modern treatment because of stigma, an insuﬃcient number of people trained in mental health care, and the huge shortage of health-care providers following two decades of civil war in Somalia.
Abuse of the stimulant khat is prevalent, which exacerbates existing mental illness. Continue reading