China. A mentally ill man was locked up in a chicken shed by his mother for 13 years. The mother of this man said that the reason why she locked up her son Tang Shuangqiang, 46 years old, the time he got depressed when his girlfriend abandoned him. Tang was diagnosed with mental problems after a short while when his father died. Tang’s mother Cheng said that “He was depressed and he was also violent to a neighbour, and because I couldn’t afford proper care for him we had to lock him up,”. Eventhough the people in Yangliu village situated in a city of Shaoyang of South China Hunan province are aware of Tang’s imprisonment, no one has the courage to do anything about it. Until then it was only found out when former friends of tang held a school reunion. Tang Shuangqiang was the only one who didnt’t attend the reunion so his friends came to visit his residence and then found out what happened to him after.
One of his former friend named Guo Hsiung said that :
“We had not seen him for 28 years but still wanted to find out what had happened to him, and were shocked to find him locked up in the henhouse.
“He is confined in a space of this just six square metres and apparently has been there for 13 years. His mother thinks he is suffering from schizophrenia but the fact is he’s never had any help.”
Tang’s mother which is now 66 years old stated that : “I am too old now to stop him if he is still violent and my husband is no longer here, and I don’t have any solution other than keeping him locked up. Of course it will be fantastic if there was another alternative, but I’m simply not capable of paying anything as my pension is the only money I have.” “I sometimes wonder what’s going to happen to him when I die, and there will be no one left to take care of him”, she added.
Tang’s friends took photo of him and posted it online hoping for a solution and help for their old time school friend.