'Caged' ...'the caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom....Maya Angelou - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. When I walked into that room, I did not see a room. It was a cage, and in that cage was a human being that had been stripped of her wings, her voice, her humanity. The first feelings that came to me as I entered this room, this cage, this holding pen, was that in the corner was another human - but one who was caged in many ways, mentally and physically. I knew I had to capture this story because for me, my freedom is something I take for granted and I wanted to tell the story of how freedom for some of our fellow human beings is but a dream....but by talking about it and showing it we can move towards helping by bringing the human suffering of these victims of Pasung to the world, so that we can collectively do something to help. Pasung is the physical restraint by way of chains, ropes and cages of the Mentally Ill in Indonesia under the care of their families as there is a lack of Governmental support for the full care and rehabilitation of the victims and their family carers. It is estimated that there are 18,800 people under Pasung today and more are being found.
Ingetje Tadros is free lancing for Dutch-based World Portraits and The Western Australian Newspaper in Australia as well as the world-renowned digital media provider Getty Images where she is one of a handful of photographers in Australia assigned to a local art director. Ingetje is interested in working as a photographer for nonprofit organizations and on documentaries addressing tribal issues.She lives in Western Australia.