Forgotten by the Gods

Bali, Indonesia That morning in January 2015 on Bali, the Island of the Gods, we followed the road Northeast.  My mind overactive.  My heart a jumble of emotions.  I was anxious, to experience for myself what my photojournalist friend Rudi had already told me. I'am the passenger of Dr. Cokorda, psychiatrist and son of Prof. Luh Ketut Suryani, founder of the Suryani Institute for Mental Health. They are taking me to see people affected by mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, dementia, and for this reason imprisoned, bound in chains, or locked up in makeshift cells, often malnourished and living in appallingly poor hygienic conditions. This practice of immobilizing or binding mentally ill people is referred to as Pasung* in Indonesia.  

© Fabrizio Alessi