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Caged Humans in Bali

Ingetje Tadros | Bali, Indonesia

Ketut's mother is unlocking the room where she has held her son since 2006. "He was very aggressive and stole a cow, then he started hitting me and even tried to kill his father, we had no choice but to chain him and lock him up". Bali, Indonesia

The focus of the project 'Caged Humans in Bali' will be to raise much more awareness of the issue of 'Pasung'. Pasung is the physical restraint by way of chains, ropes and cages of the mentally ill in Indonesia under the care of their families as there is a lack of governmental support for the full care and rehabilitation of the victims and their family. It is estimated that there are more than 18,800 people under Pasung today. I must also explain that this is not a story about blame of the families who must endure the hardships of caring for their loved ones who are afflicted by a mental health condition. Through the lens I have tried to capture the individuals who are under Pasung through no fault of their own or their families, but due to a larger issue of no funding and resources to combat this growing situation that sees families having to deal with their loved ones in the most trying circumstances and not having the skills to help.

Hereby I like to say thanks to Professor Dr Luh Ketut Suryani and Dr Cokorda Bagus Jaya Lesmana as they have shown me a World I did not think existed.

Through the Suryani Institute I have been given privileged access to many of their patients currently in Pasung and some who have been released from Pasung.

Exclusive at Diimex 

I began this project in 2013 during a visit for my own professional development as a photojournalist which led me to story of Pasung. The focus of the project 'Caged Humans in Bali' which is an ongoing body of work will be to raise much more awareness of the issue of 'Pasung' and break the stigma associated with Mental Health through my images to a broader audience with the end result being a prompting to agencies and individuals who can work with the local governments and The Suryani Institute to help end Pasung or at least to give it serious consideration of how to tackle this human rights problem. I hope that in creating the images of this issue, it will prompt stories to be written, it will be made more of an issue in the public domain so that then those that are out there who wish to help can do so and begin dialogue with the people who are working on the ground like the Suryani Institute. The outcomes of this project are expected to unite and empower the Balinese people, assist in the improvement of the quality of healthcare in the island, and promote human dignity in mental health and social care interventions.


Caged Humans in Bali was Awarded by United Nation (AUS)  'Best Photojournalism Award' 2014

Mifa (Moscow International Foto Awards 2014) received SILVER Award - Editorial-General News

Honorable Mention at the Moscow International Foto Awards 2014-Photo Essay.

Presentation on Caged Humans in Bali at: http://www.pechakucha.org/users/ingetje-tadros

Published at Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2710425/Heartbreaking-pictures-Balis-dark-mentally-ill-people-locked-left-filth-families.html

More images at my website, (direct link>) http://ingetjetadros.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/Caged-Humans-in-Bali-Indonesia/C0000hYF.vDNrgb0

Caged Humans in Bali is Exclusive at Diimex: http://www.diimex.com/


Jl. Gandapura No.30 Denpasar-Bali. Telp. +62 361 467553 Fax # +62 361 462878. Email: info@suryani-institute.com Website: www.suryani-institute.com

Ingetje Tadros
P.O. BOX 5431
Broome, 6726
Western Australia

 When I walked into that room, I did not see a room. It was a cage, and in that cage was a human being that had been stripped of her wings, her voice, her humanity. The first feelings that came to me as I entered this room, this cage, this holding pen, was that in the corner was another human - but one who was caged in many ways, mentally and physically. I knew I had to capture this story because for me, my freedom is something I take for granted and I wanted to tell the story of how freedom for some of our fellow human beings is but a dream....but by talking about it and showing it we can move towards helping by bringing the human suffering of these victims of Pasung to the world, so that we can collectively do something to help.

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