7 Scary Images of the Disturbing Living Conditions of Indonesia’s Mentally Ill

“Leaving is what is difficult,” says NY-based photographer Andrea Star Reese, “I cannot leave this story.”

Her documentary inside Indonesia’s mental facilities took her to homes, shelters and hospitals where hundreds who are believed to be mentally ill exist. She narrated her experience via her long-term photo series named ‘Disorder,’ with the hope of creating awareness and helping generating positive change toward mental health care in Indonesia.

She narrated how men and women spend their days being chained to the wall like dogs – a traditional practice termed pasung in Indonesia.


Here in West Java, Indonesia: a man is seen confined in a back room in his family home for 9 years. A traditional form of restraining mentally ill in Indonesia.

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