New Zealand born photojournalist Robin Hammond received the $30 000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanitstic Photography for his attention to a major issue of the sub-Saharan Africa, the mentally ill.
Based in South Africa, Hammond traveled for two years to regions of severe crisis — eastern Congo, Mogadishu, northern Uganda, Liberia and South Sudan — photographing in stark detail the barbaric conditions endured by tens of thousands of Africa’s mentally ill.
“I discovered an entire section of communities abandoned by their governments, forgotten by the aid community, neglected and abused by entire societies,” he said. “This is not just a document of what shouldn’t be. This work is my protest.”
Hammond will use the $30,000 grant to finish the project. Check out these captivating photos below.