Screen grab from a photomontage showing the abuse of mentally handicapped people in a centre in Douasser.
The photos, taken in a centre for the mentally disabled in the city of Douasser, have been making the rounds online in Saudi Arabia. They reveal the degrading conditions in which some mentally handicapped people must live in the Saudi kingdom.
The video is entitled: “This is how our children are treated in the Douasser rehabilitation centre.”Douasser is a region in southern Saudi Arabia.
Editor's note: faces of people in this video have been intentionally blurred.
The mission of the centre, which is public and free, is to care for mentally disabled patients. The first photo shows an adolescent tied to a railing. On another picture, a young man is tied to a bed with pieces of cloth. Yet others show naked patients waiting to take a group shower. Some patients can be seen eating off of the floor. The photomontage ends with a photo of a completely naked patient in what appears to be the centre’s courtyard.