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hammond_robin

Robin Hammond Photographer, Co-founder Witness Change, Human Rights Activist, Supports LGBT rights, No Health Without Mental Health, Love animals so I don't eat em! http://www.onedayinmyworld.com/
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Photo @hammond_robin / @noorimages for @onedayinmyworld . - "i thought i would end my life by hanging myself from those pipes. i spent so many years here - i thought i'd never get out." drazenko tevelli (left) and his girlfriend branka reljan (right), met while both were institutionalized at the ‘home for the insane’ in osijek, croatia, before they were moved into the community. since that time, they have flourished. branka said “i was in prison before. now i love to make apple pies and buy spices and oils for cooking. it is wonderful for us to have our own keys, to buy fresh juice and to take a bus.” - in four years, 172 out of 200 people have moved from ‘home for the insane’ in osijek, croatia, into apartments. staff have trained to serve as assistants in the community. for many beneficiaries it is the first time they’ve experienced true freedom. this facility in osijek is the only one out of 26 in the country to implement the un convention to deinstitutionalize. - #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. to see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld

2 days ago comment 24 star 2,792

Photo @hammond_robin / @noorimages for @onedayinmyworld - “i realized if we put them in human conditions they become more human. it’s very easy, if you put people in inhuman conditions, in confined conditions, they become less human” says ladislav lamza, the director of ‘center for providing services in the community.’ in this picture he hugs luka - one of the beneficiaries who has moved out of the institution he runs and into supported living in a house outside the croatian town of osijek. in four years, 172 out of 200 people have moved from the formerly named ‘home for the insane’ in osijek, croatia, into apartments. staff have trained to serve as assistants in the community. for many beneficiaries it is the first time they’ve experienced true freedom. the facility in osijek is the only one out of 26 in the country to implement the un convention to deinstitutionalize. - #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. to see more please follow @onedayinmyworld #nikoneuropeanambassador

4 days ago comment 14 star 1,496

Everyone - do me a favour and follow @onedayinmyworld . this is my new project with @witness_change exposing the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealth conditions, and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. - this newest work comes from croatia where the government, in contradiction of the convention on the rights of people with disabilities, is actively trying to thwart the heroic efforts of an institution, in the city of osijek, and its remarkable director to free people with mental health conditions. please share this story to let them know that locking away people for life because they have an illness is inhumane and must stop. rehabilitation cannot take place behind the high walls of an institution. only in liberty can one find true healing, peace and love. - this project was funded in part by a grant from @opensocietyfoundations. photo by @hammond_robin / @noorimages. - follow the campaign at @onedayinmyworld

1 weeks ago comment 23 star 1,388

Photo @hammond_robin/@noorimages for @witness_change . - for in my #inmyworld i went to a prison in madagascar to understand how prison impacts mental health. i photographed these young men through the keyhole of their isolation cell door. they were being punished for bad behaviour. all over the world, it is often the poorest, least educated, and most vulnerable people who find themselves in prison. when they are denied access to the basic necessities of life, which most of us take for granted, they are at greater risk of developing mental health issues. in madagascar, many prisons lack adequate food, sanitation, proper medical care, and provide few rehabilitative programmes, educational or vocational opportunities. in such conditions, inmates who have never experienced mental health issues can become depressed, anxious, and/or traumatised. prisoners around the world are known to have much higher incidence of mental health conditions. overcrowded and high-stress environments often contribute to their worsening mental health. - #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealth issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. to see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld

2 weeks ago comment 29 star 3,040

Photo @hammond_robin /@noorimages for @witness_change . “i am here because i was not going well mentally. before i could not sleep, and sometimes i go out for a walk without any desire to return. sometimes i spoke disorderly. but since i'm having the treatment, i’m fine… the center has helped me with treatments. when i had no medication, it really bothered me. but now that i take it, i feel myself changing. i could not even work before treatment. now i work well without problem from morning until evening.” 29 year old lamboni laré, a mechanic, lives with a mental health problem and attends centre de santé mentale, in dapaong, northern togo. #inmyworld is my new campaign designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. this first phase of the campaign was created in collaboration with @handicap_international as part of witness change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. to see more please follow @onedayinmyworld

2 weeks ago comment 59 star 5,684

Delighted the un are sharing our work to promote the universal declaration of human rights. they say in their post: d & o, a lesbian couple, in russia were attacked in the street because they were holding hands. when will the ban on discrimination stated by the art. 2 of universal declaration of human rights be a reality for all? we thank @hammond_robin and@noorimages for sharing d&o story on @whereloveisillegal and @witness_change. #humanrights are for all no matter whom you love! #loveislove we have partnered with photographers worldwide to illustrate articles of the universal declaration of human rights on the occasion of a yearlong celebration for its 70th anniversary. - follow our photo series on ig and fb at @unitednationshumanrights - see our dedicated website (see link in our bio) - post your own photo to illustrate the declaration's articles using #standup4humanrights and tagging @unitednationshumanrights

December 2017 comment 35 star 1,918

Photo @hammond_robin for @witness_change . today is human rights day. there is arguably no larger group systematically denied their human rights than those living with mental health problems. that’s why i started @onedayinmyworld , so that people living with mental health issues have a chance to be seen, heard and valued. i came across this young man in the compound of native doctor lekwe deezia in the niger delta, nigeria. the ‘doctor' claims to heal mental illness through the power of prayer and traditional herbal medicines. while receiving treatment, which can sometimes take months, his patients are chained to trees in his courtyard. they are not given shelter or protection from the elements. they are terrified of the doctor. away from him, as can be seen here, the patients beg me for food. they say they are only fed once a day, sometimes only once every 3 days. i fed the men i found there and left intending to go to the police. my guide, who worked for a local ngo, promised we would do just that. on the way out though, he explained that going to the police would be dangerous for us, as the ‘doctor’ was a powerful man. and likely not lead to the young men i’d seen receiving any help. i'm dedicated to making a positive impact with my work, but at times like this, that idealism seems naive. forcible restraint and/or incarceration of people living with mental health problems is common around the world. it is often done, it is claimed, for the benefit of the ‘patient,’ but few make any sort of recovery when they have their liberty taken from them. in fact, most get worse. incarceration and restraining is not unique to nigeria. this fundamental breach of the universal declaration of human rights of this vulnerable and neglected group happens all over the world yet, for some reason, it is ignored. #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues. it is part of witness change’s work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. to see more from this campaign please follow @onedayinmyworld

December 2017 comment 42 star 1,926

Photo @hammond_robin / @noorimages. 55 year old branka reljan has schizophrenia. she spent 12 years in a psychiatric institution after her legal capacity was taken from her. in 2014 she was allowed to leave the institution and move into an apartment in osijek, croatia. she moved in with her partner, who she met in the institution, 45 year old drazenko tevelli. he spent 13 years in a psychiatric institution. drazenko says “the best thing about living in the apartment is that i have the freedom to come and go as i like, i don’t have to report to anyone.” branka says “it was not a good place for recovery because you feel like you were in chains. it’s better to be hungry and free than full and chained.” since leaving the institution neither of them have had an episode that required intervention from a psychiatrist. in this picture they prepare their daily medication. branka and drazenko were offered an apartment as part of a program led by the director of ‘center for providing services in the community’ in osijek, (where they were living) ladislav lamza, to move beneficiaries into the community. the story of this pioneering institution appeared in the observer in the uk today (@guardian ). the production of this work was supported by @opensocietyfoundations #inmyworld is my new campaign designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. this first campaign was created as part of witness change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. to see more please follow @onedayinmyworld #nikon #nikonnoor #d850

November 2017 comment 54 star 3,283

Photo @hammond_robin / @noorimages. numbers mark the number of prisoners in each of the cells in this section of madagascar’s marofoto prison. they are severely overcrowded, there are no beds, no toilet and hardly any ventilation. too often it is the poorest, least educated and most vulnerable people who find themselves in prison. in madagascar, as with many countries across africa, many prisons lack adequate food, sanitation and access to proper medical care, and provide few rehabilitative programmes, educational or vocational opportunities. inmates in such conditions are at high risk of mental illness. #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. this first phase of the campaign was created in collaboration with @handicap_uk as part of witness change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. to see more from this campaign please follow @onedayinmyworld.

November 2017 comment 38 star 4,370

As part of the @witnesschange campaign @loveisillegal i documented the stories of the #lgbtqi+ community in jamaica and ran a storytelling workshop so members of the community could use storytelling techniques to tackle stigma. as a result of this workshop, the community told us that they wanted a website where others could show their support and so the campaign i am an ally was born. working with the nonprofit @equalityja in jamaica, we have amplified the stories of more than 100 people either showing support for the lgbtqi+ community or from within the community, despite it ranking as one of the most homophobic countries in the world. since we have been working in jamaica, the head of the anglican church spoke publicly of his support for abolition of the buggery law. while the prime minister has not yet delivered good on his election campaign that this law be repealed by referendum, it’s progress indeed that statements are being made by those who have the power to influence. there’s still a long way to go but i would love to you be part of the journey. i set up a nonprofit so that people who have been oppressed can have a platfom to tell their story; to join us follow @witnesschange

October 2017 comment 15 star 1,574

Honoured to be the opening speaker at the touching minds, raising dignity conference organised by @hi_france and the french development agency. sharing the voices of people denied the right to speak is why i do this work. so i’m very grateful to be given the opportunity to talk to the audience from france, togo, lebanon and other countries where handicap international works. while i am given the opportunity to speak, it's more important to me that those present hear the stories of those living with mental health issues, so i start my talk by introducing hellen from south sudan because i want her story to be heard. you can hear more from hellen and others from the new @witness_change campaign on mental health by following @onedayinmyworld. #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. this first phase of the project was created in collaboration with handicap international @handicap_uk as part of witness change's work on global mental health. witness change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. to see more from this campaign please follow @onedayinmyworld. #wpph2017 #mentalhealth #documentaryphotography #documentaryphoto #photojournalism #storytelling #portraits #syria #southsudan #lebanon #palestine #togo #madagascar

October 2017 comment 17 star 834

One of the great privileges of my work is that i get to meet some incredible people around the world. maha hadroj was one of those. very limited resources doesn't stop her from helping a huge number of children in desperate need of mental health care. nor does it decrease the positive energy she brings to her work for the family guidance centre in al bus refugee camp in lebanon. // maha described to me the challenges facing the refugee population she works with, challenges that impact their mental health: the physical environment, the conditions they live in, their ability to take on work, how children are raised, where children can play, the security where they live, and the political environment - none of these things were in favour for the refugees in al bus. // then there was the physical and psychological trauma from the places they were fleeing. "to have a good mental health, many conditions should be available . to be able to adapt his mental and intellectual needs with his surrounding environment, community and surrounding. to be able to adjust with the circumstances he passes through. to have the flexibility to continue his life ahead."// maha is committed to a brighter future for the refugees she works. with people like her, it seems possible.// my new campaign #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. this first phase of the project was created in collaboration with handicap international @handicap_uk as part of witness change’s work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. to see more from this campaign please follow @onedayinmyworld. #wmhd17 #wmhd17 #wmhday #mentalhealth #documentary #photoreportage #portrait #portraiture #photojournalism #storytelling #mentalhealthawareness #knowledgeispower #inmyworld #blackandwhite #syria #lebanon #refugees #hope #spreadtheword #photography #ptsd #palestine

October 2017 comment 29 star 1,697

Photo @hammond_robin / @noorimages for @witness_change. after years of telling stories of suffering i’ve become pretty resilient, but there is always at least one person who’s story leaves a mark. lenle left his on me. check out the #inmyworld website (link in my profile) to hear what lenle and his brother have say in addition to this: “i do not know what i have, but people tell me that i have spiritual problems that make me mad. i hear voices and i have the impression that something strikes me… i’ve undergone rituals and i’ve made sacrifices with traditional healers without success. i have also been to the hospital for medical treatment… all my life is only suffering because i am no longer the person i was.” tadja lenle (centre) is a farmer in a small village in northern togo. he stands between his carers, his brother and sister-in-law. in my world is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. this first phase of the project was created in collaboration with handicap international @handicap_uk as part of witness change's work on global mental health. witness change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. to see more from this campaign please follow @onedayinmyworld.

September 2017 comment 47 star 3,431

Visiting this prison in madagascar for @onedayinmyworld, to capture the psychological impact of disabling environments, was the first time i’d spent any real time in a prison cell since my own imprisonment. in 2012, for nearly a month, i was locked up in a zimbabwean jail awaiting deportation (i was charged with taking a picture in a prohibited place – the border). it was hellish. the cells, where we slept on the concrete floor, were packed. for 250 of us a hole in the ground was our toilet. we picked weevils from our food and lice from our blankets. with no stimulation our days were long, shut in our cells for 16 hours a day - the nights even longer. but i was lucky. i was sure i would be out soon, and i had people on the outside fighting for my release. many of those i met in my cell and photographed in this prison in madagascar were not so fortunate. the psychological toll on them was clear. distress and aggression came from a lack of personal space, the loss of control over one’s everyday actions, and as i saw men lose hope, i saw them lose part of themselves. few have sympathy for the plight of prisoners. some argue that prison is not meant to be a nice place. but few would say that part of the punishment should be the developing or worsening of a mental health problem. but that is what happens so often. when 1 in 4 of us will live with a mental health problem at some point in our life, we need to be paying more attention to the issue. it is my hope that #inmyworld can contribute to seeing mental health differently by taking on an issue rarely seen and, given its impact on individuals and society, barely discussed. #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. this first phase of the project was created in collaboration with handicap international @handicap_uk as part of witness change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. to see more from this campaign please follow @onedayinmyworld.

September 2017 comment 20 star 2,035

I was invited to spend time in the home of the aldalou family: 10 year old mohammad aldalou, his 15 year old brother omar, father naim, 53, formerly a salesman for a construction hardware, and mother noor from the palestinian refugee camp of yamook in syria. mohammad and omar both display symptoms of ptsd. the children lived with constant bombardment for a year while in syria. they were witness to many people being killed. omar won’t go to the toilet unless he knows his mother is close by, guarding the door “the fear is always there” says noor. she says he's over attached to her and has nightmares all the time. “they don’t have their own space, toys, and no stability." she says. "we have lost hope for the future and don’t know how to adapt to the present." seeing a family with so little hope and so many challenges was heartbreaking. while they had escaped the killing and their immediate physical needs were being taken care of, they were clearly still suffering. mental health is often, sadly, the last thing those responsible for refugees think to provide for. it is starkly clear, when you meet children in so much pain, that this has to change. in my world exposes the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. this first phase of the project was created in collaboration with handicap international @handicap_uk as part of witness change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. i truly hope that through this campaign we can bring more attention to such an important issue. to see more from the campaign please follow @onedayinmyworld @onedayinmyworld #mentalhealth #wellbeing #lebanon #syria #blackandwhite #documentary #storytelling #publichealth #disability #war #photography #palestine #refugees #policy #humanrights @handicap_uk @noorimages

September 2017 comment 10 star 1,160

This weekend was the launch of @witness_change’s new campaign on mental health: in my world. i’m very proud to be a part of this campaign. the stigma of mental health keeps so many people from being seen, heard and valued - i sincerely hope that we will give them greater visibility. this image was taken in northern togo. the pentecostal church of bokiccenag keeps yendani matthews (centre) chained most of the time to a tree in their grounds. they say it is because of his erratic behaviour, but they chain most of those with mental health problems who have come for healing. ultimately it is fear and stigma and a lack of resources that has him restrained. he was brought to the church by his mother in the hope that prayer would heal him of his mental illness. to the left of yendani is the supervisor of the church grounds, douti lankondjoua and to the right douti sambiani andré - the church deacon. seeing a person in chains this way is distressing. so is that fact that yendani and his mother do not have other options. of course chaining someone to a tree is an abuse of human rights, but when the disease burden of mental health is so great, particularly on the poorest countries, and nothing is done to support them, one might question if governments, donors, rich countries should be accountable too. we must not let ignorance be an alibi for inaction. please join me in helping share the story of yendani and thousands of others like him by following and sharing the campaign @onedayinmyworld #mentalhealth #wellbeing #togo #africa #blackandwhite #documentary #storytelling #publichealth #disability #poverty #photography #faith #portraits #policy #humanrights @handicap_uk @noorimagesthis first phase of the project was created in collaboration with handicap international as part of witness change's work on global mental health. follow @onedayinmyworld

September 2017 comment 78 star 4,279

Happy to announce the launch of #inmyworld tomorrow. been working super hard with a great group of people at @witness_change to share stories from people living with mental health problems. i hope you'll follow along @onedayinmyworld

September 2017 comment 34 star 2,019

Photo @hammond_robin. thinking of lagos. fascinating people. amazing place. ‘my lagos,’ my book about the city, is available at www.editionsbessard.com

August 2017 comment 17 star 1,791

#repost @icrc (@get_repost ) ・・・ meet rana, a 16-year-old girl from ramadi who spent two years displaced by the fighting in iraq. this photo is a preview of an upcoming project highlighting the strength of women in war - a collaboration with @hammond_robin whose work for @natgeo and @whereloveisillegal inspires me and so many others. this is the last post of my #instagramtakeover and i'm reflecting on how lucky we are to be entrusted to share these important stories of strength. learn rana's story - and many more in the coming months. stay tuned + thanks for tagging along with me this week 👋🏼. (ps - special thanks to @hammond_robin and @noorimages for letting me share this one early!)

August 2017 comment 10 star 1,492

Photo @hammond_robin / @noorimages. many times i’ve been detained by police or border guards for taking pictures they would rather i didn’t. i did not expect to face any problems photographing in jemaa el-fnaa though (a square and market place in marrakech's medina quarter) - it was full of tourists taking pictures… i was wrong! my fixer and i were detained for three hours for making photographs of sellers and performers in the square. in the end the police released us without charge, because they had nothing on us, but told us we could not take sellers out of the main square (they did not tell me why). instead of the alley ways of the nearby medina, with beautiful light bouncing around, i had to duck into small alcoves of the main square with those i was photographing. luckily for me, they were super photogenic. this is 60 year old fatima who sells bags. she has been working int he market for 30 years. #onassignment for @afarmedia

August 2017 comment 13 star 1,543