The family of an 11-year-old Chinese boy has him live chained up like a dog because he suffers from mental disorders.
He Zili has been photographed shackled to his father, who did not want to be identified, while strolling along the narrow lanes of his village in the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang.
The boy was also seen chained to a pillar at his home.
Zili started suffering from mental disorders when he hit his head at age one. According to his family, they had no choice but to restrain him on chains because he had a tendency to attack those around him.
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After his mother died of cancer, Zili’s physically disabled grandfather and his intellectually handicapped father are the only ones that currently look after him.
China’s National Center for Mental Health released statistics this year that revealed in 2009, 100 million Chinese suffered from mental health disorders. More than 160 million people in China are afflicted with serious mental conditions such as schizophrenia and paranoid psychosis, the data shows.
The figures also indicate that in 2009, 1 in every 13 Chinese suffered from a mental health problem.
There are four psychiatrists and thirteen nurses for every 100,000 people around the world.
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There are also only 1.5 psychiatrists and 2.2 nurses per 100,000 people in China.
According to Viral Nova, numerous organizations exist to aid rural China, such as “Free The Children,” that offer education to children living in poverty.