World Health Organization: 1 in 3 Somalis are Insane

In Somalia there’s a belief that a mentally ill person can be cured by shutting them in a room with a hyena

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Do we really need more Somali immigration? Aside from incidents like Westgate in which Somali terrorists kill non-Muslims, according to the World Health Organization, most of the country is insane.

That may explain some things.

Somalia has one of the world’s highest rates of mental illness with one in three people affected, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The cause is Somali Muslim violence. And drugs.

After the war, he believes the second biggest contributor to mental health issues is the widely used stimulant khat. The plant, which is chewed for its euphoric effects, has been linked to psychosis and depression.

Clearly we need more Somali immigrants to bring their brand of drug and Islam induced mental illness over here. But advanced Somali Muslim medicine has the answer. Just lock them with a hyena.

In Somalia there’s a belief that a mentally ill person can be cured by shutting them in a room with a hyena

...and if that doesn't work.

Mentally ill people in the war-ravaged country are often chained or locked up. Others are tied to trees and abandoned when their families are forced to flee fighting.

In one of the most moving radio interviews I’ve heard in a long time, psychiatric nurse Abdirahman Ali Awale, who is commonly known as Dr Habeeb, told how he was reduced to tears every day by what he sees.

“I have saved many, many patients who have been left to die. They have been tied to a tree and abandoned simply because they are mentally ill,” he told the BBC World Service.

It must be hard to tie 1/3 of the country to a tree.

Many Somalis attribute behavioural problems to bad spirits and seek help from religious leaders or traditional healers. One of the most extreme treatments involves locking a person up with a hyena.

“In Somalia, there’s this belief that hyenas can see everything including the thing that causes mental illnesses,” says Habeeb.

“Two hyenas were brought from the bushes and brought to Mogadishu. Patients were locked in a room with the hyena with the belief that when the thing that caused the mental problem sees the hyena it would leave the body of the patient and the patient would be fine after that.”

This treatment is not cheap – the cost can be around $560, according to Habeeb.


Hyenas are as expensive as psychiatrists. You would think that anyone could just grab a hyena, there must be plenty of them in Somalia, and stick it in a room with you... without a PhD.

What's with the hyena health care markup? Does Somalia use its own Chargemasters or did they pass ObamaCare?

I'd like to see an effectiveness study on hyenas vs psychiatrists.

WHO says most mentally ill people in Somalia are chained up or imprisoned.

Habeeb told the BBC more than 170,000 people have been “locked and … left to die”.  And no one in authority is talking about it.

You don’t have to look hard to find numerous images on the internet showing people chained to trees, rocks and beds.

Apparently the Hyena Cure isn't working.

But we shouldn't pass judgement on cultural differences. If locking people up with hyenas or tying them to trees until they die is a culturally approved treatment for mental illness in Somalia, who are we to pass judgement on their culture?