Robin Hammond@hammond_robin

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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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 While the Prime Minister has not yet delivered good on his election campaign that this law be repealed by referendum, it’s progress indeed that statements are being made by those who have the power to influence.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


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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


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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


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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.


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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.


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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


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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


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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


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Photo @Hammond_Robin. Thinking of Lagos. Fascinating people. Amazing place. ‘My Lagos,’ my book about the city, is available at www.editionsbessard.com


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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!)


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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


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