Report: Ghana's mentally ill suffer widespread abuses

By REUTERS
October 2, 2012 19:29

 
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ACCRA - Thousands of mentally ill people in Ghana are abused in healing camps and hospitals, sometimes chained up and starved in a bid to cleanse them of 'demons', a Western human rights group said.

Some of the worst abuses happen in spiritual healing centers, many funded by Christian organizations and run by self-proclaimed prophets, New York-based Human Rights Watch said.

"In some of the spiritual healing centers, popularly known as prayer camps, they are often chained to trees, frequently in the baking sun, and forced to fast for weeks as part of a 'healing process,' while being denied access to medications," HRW said.

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