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The hospital with bars. Multimedia

Pau Coll RUIDO Photo/ Elfaro.net. El Salvador.

It can't be seen from outside, but inside the Psychiatric Hospital of Soyapango, El Salvador, exists a prison with nearly 100 mentally ill inmates. What should be a medical facility capable of attending to complex pathologies, is nothing more than another filthy prison. Overcrowded, custodians and one psychiatrist take care of all of the patients. 

Many of the inmates have developed and exacerbated their illnesses in one of the most overcrowded prisons in the country. Inside this galley, between the laughter and the tears, it's common to hear a statement that can only come from a mad men: I want to return to Mariona, the most overcrowded men's prison in El Salvador.

by - Pau Coll