Shooting Up

I hadn’t intended to post anything today. And this certainly goes against my self-imposed non-news-chasing edict, but I couldn’t pass this up.

The caption is what really got to me:

“Heroin addicts shoot up while keeping warm by a fire inside the abandoned Russian Cultural Center in Kabul, February, 2009. Afghanistan accounts for more than 90 percent of the world’s heroin supply, and profits from opium fund the Taliban. ‘Maybe the most pathetic aspect of this picture for me,’ Bronstein recalls, ‘is that the fire is fueled with clothing. Addicts are gradually burning their clothes to try and stay warm while shooting up. It just speaks to the utter, complete desperation of this scene—played out every day all over Kabul.'”

Heroin addiction is a serious problem for Afghans. It is easy, from an Outsider’s point of view to see it as a solely Western problem. It is a problem for us, but it’s not nearly as serious here as it is in Kabul and other places in Afghanistan.

Here is a link

I can’t figure out how to get this picture onto the page, if anyone can offer advice on that, I’d be grateful.


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