Druglink article 2011 – Kabul’s heroin injectors by Max Daly and Sandra Calligaro

A Paris-based human aid organisation is aiming to expand its drop-in centres by building a carpet factory, while Kabul’s injecting underclass are left to squat in the city’s underbelly.

Opium amounts to half of Afghanistan’s GDP, employs 12 per cent of its citizens and partly contributes to funding for the Taliban. Beyond its status as a producer, the country is also a big consumer. It is estimated there are one million opiate users in a country of 28 million people, with spiralling levels of HIV, hepatitis C and mental health problems among drug users.
Words: Max Daly and Sandra Calligaro
Pictures: Sandra Calligaro

Kabul heroin injectors (PDF)