A patient plays with a soap bubble inside a mental hospital in Lahore, Pakistan. Photographer Aun Raza documented the lives of patients there from 2011 to 2014.
Men sit in a dining area at the hospital. After about 70 visits, Raza said he found something surprising: Some patients, he thought, were saner than many people he encountered in his daily life outside the hospital.
"There is a desire in them to be seen, to be given attention -- and above all -- to be loved," said Raza, who is from Lahore.
Many patients end up spending most of their lives shut away from society, Raza said: "A few of them die natural deaths there. Some of them at times commit suicide."
A man lies on a mattress in the hospital's chronic patients ward.
Raza said Abdul Shakoor has been at the hospital for 45 years. "He speaks very little," Raza said. "He's an immensely lovely person, a very tender person. But he doesn't remember anything. All he remembers is his name. That's it."
A new patient is hugged by his father. "I embraced both of them, too," Raza said. "It was a very powerful moment. I had tears in my eyes."
Patients play with balloons in the dining area.
The whole experience prompted Raza to question society's perspective on the mentally ill and disabled.
Patients wait for medicine.
A man sits in the hospital's rehabilitation center.