Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In the Nov. 6 edition of The Gazette, your writer, Geraldine Freedman, gave a wonderful review of the superb Union College Concert Series performance the previous day by the young British pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor.This series continues to bring outstanding instrumentalists, quartets and singers from around the world about 15 times per year to the Capital District.Praise is due to the generosity and foresight of its director emeritus, Dan Berkenblit, its artistic director, Derek Delaney, and to Union College for its support of the series.This truly is a gem of the Capital District, immeasurably enriching our cultural life here.Pauline HolmesGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
The team also brought cloth masks for the patients and their family members.Pankrasius Purnama, a volunteer, said one of the patients, Aloysius Andar, 58, had been shackled for 28 years in Golomeni village, Kota Komba district. Two others, a father and son, were also shackled there.Moses Reko and Theodorus Urus, family members of the patients, said they were thankful for the help. “We thought the suffering of our family members was ours alone. But we are glad we have others who care,” Moses said.East Manggarai Legislative Council speaker Heremias Dupa said on Thursday that the administration had to make sure that vulnerable groups received help during the COVID-19 pandemic.Data from the group show that there are about 40 shackled mental health patients in the regency.Without access to proper treatment and lacking education about the mentally ill, some families in Indonesia shackle their mentally ill family members. Government data on the issue is outdated but the latest data, released about 10 years ago, indicates there were 18,800 people shackled throughout Indonesia.Topics : Volunteers under the Kasih Insanis Group, which deals with mental health patients in East Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara, traveled 80 kilometers to help shackled mental health patients face the COVID-19 pandemic. In East Nusa Tenggara, the practice of shackling continues to affect people with serious mental illnesses.The volunteers visited Walburga Naut, 57, who has been shackled for 20 years in her house in Deruk village in Elar Selatan district, Manggarai. The district is remote and getting there requires that travelers navigate challenging terrain.The volunteers donated 200 kilograms of rice, cooking oil, soap, detergent, powdered milk, toothpaste and clothes to 10 people on Thursday. The aid was donated from a Catholic church in Ede, the Netherlands.