In Serbia, at the beginning of the last decade, thousands of children affected by physical and mental disabilities were segregated in more than 60 psychiatric institutions, condemned to spend the rest of their lives in unacceptable conditions. Among trash, icy water, mould, stinky smokes and scraped walls, there were many children with high malnutrition levels, skin plagued, injuries caused by fights and uncontrolled outbursts of rage.
The approach used by local health and social services provided:
a screening, carried out since early childhood with very basic assessments, decided whether a child was able or not to live in society. The seriousness of living conditions in asylums was also denounced in a report published in november 2007 by mental disability rights international who accused serbia of torture and abuse against children and adults with mental and physical disabilities.