Mental illness casts shadow over Afghans struggling to cope with decades of war



LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When psychiatrist Ghulam Sarwar Sakha first met a 23-year-old woman who had been studying in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz when it was stormed by the Taliban last year, the trainee teacher could not drown out the voices in her head.
Locked in her room to avoid the fighting that raged on the streets outside, the student started hallucinating.
"'I receive warnings and threats. They say I am bad girl. I don't wear a hijab. They are going to come and get me'," said Sakha, recalling the words of his patient.
It became so bad that her parents... read more

 
19 October 2016 in World News, Views: 31
Source: Reuters
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