‘It will be a disaster’
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Life at the Asylum

‘IT WILL BE A DISASTER’: Patients sit in an asylum room. Beyond the gates of Fanar Hospital, the streets are empty except for a few men affiliated with the militant group Hezbollah. The three remaining nurses struggle to stretch the last of the psychiatric drugs (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
‘COMPLETELY LOST’: Men in the mental hospital in Zefta, Lebanon, peer into a hallway. At night, amid the sounds of Israeli attacks, patients howl and scream and crouch under their cots. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
‘WE CAN’T DO ANYTHING’: At the Fanar Hospital for Psychiatric Disorders in Zefta, a village in southern Lebanon, the patients languish through hallucinatory weeks of war. Most of the staff has fled, and now they’re running out of medications and food. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
‘GET ME OUT’: A woman patient hides in a corner, a place inmates head for when nearby explosions shake the earth. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
There are 55 women among the 250 patients at Fanar Hospital, a pysciatric facility. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
A woman rests with the Koran by her side. At Fanar Hospital, a facility for mental patients, 250 patients are being cared for by a skeleton staff of three. Medication is running out for the patients and there is no relief in sight. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
There are 250 patients at Fanar Hospital, 195 of them are men. Some say they are frightened by the sound of planes. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Men stand at the bars where they can be observed by staff. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
May Kassab, age 55, is one of the patients needing mental care at Fanar Hospital. The tatoo on her hand is in memory of one of her children who died. Medication is running out for the patients at Fanar Hospital in Southern Lebanon, where patients remain despite the war. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
A man walks to his room at the Fanar Hospital, a psyciatric facility in Southern Lebanon. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)