from Afghanistan to Africa, but as of late -possibly due to the rising volatility of the overland paths to Europe- there’s been an increased
surge via the Indian Ocean route.
Since Zanzibar’s coastline is porous, its isolated inlets and remote beaches make for ideal landing places for traffickers using the island as a transit
point. Consequently, the dirt cheap narcotics have leaked into the local population, though more than 40% of it’s citizens live well below
the poverty line.
With no education on drug addiction, users here speak of trying the narcotic for the first time- assuming that the high would be similar to
that of smoking marijuana- often to disastrous results. These images follow the struggle of heroin users as they secret themselves away during
the holy month of Ramadan, in alleyways and behind shuttered doors in an effort to not bring further shame upon their families on this
conservative Muslim island.
Heroin addiction on the island of Zanzibar