Despite steps to improve the rights of people with disabilities in Africa, mistreatment and misunderstanding are widespread on a continent with little infrastructure to help families cope with disability and mental illness.

In Kenya, recent legislation made it a crime to imprison people with disabilities or mental illness and there are efforts underway to provide support and training to caregivers.

Nonetheless, such conditions are still widely misunderstood since residents have limited access to doctors and other experts. Many people believe disabilities and mental illness are the result of witchcraft, reports The Associated Press. To read more click here.

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