Almudena Toral is an award-winning Spanish visual journalist and multimedia producer based in New York. Her work has been published by The New York Times, TIME, The Guardian, Huffington Post, El País, Canal+ and other outlets in the U.S.,...
It’s been a long road for this story – I’m glad to finally be able to share our multimedia package on heroin addiction in Tanzania, published by AlJazeera America and AJ+. The story follows Stamil Hamadi, a sweet Dar es Salaam woman, and her friends: the unlikely victims of a drug trafficking route that goes from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Europe. The worst quality heroin stays behind in Dar’s port, trickling to some of the poorest neighborhoods. Despite the fact that few governments and aid organizations work with drug addicts in Africa, because there are “sexier” things to fund, Tanzania has started methadone clinics and supports outreach programs to address their growing public health problem. Words by Sarika Bansal, photos by Erin Byrnes and myself and documentary by myself with music by Tomas Peire Serrate and Carles Delgado, additional shots by Erin Byrnes and translation by Sam Awami. Thanks to the great AlJazeera team and to The International Reporting Project for the support. Watch, read, share.
I traveled to Brazil a few months ago with print reporter Sarika Bansal and a grant from The International Reporting Project to report on drug addiction and abortion issues. One of our pieces just got published by VICE News online (and is also in VICE Magazine's February issue). Brazil has the dubious distinction of having over one million crack users - the largest number in the world. Cracolândia, a neighborhood in downtown Sao Paulo, is the epicenter of this symbolic battle against crack. This piece at VICE focuses on women, especially pregnant women, and the particular set of challenges they face in this harsh place they call home. More Cracolândia photos can be seen in my album 10 seconds.
It's my pleasure to share that one of my images of the amazing Jennifer Kempton, 32, a sex trafficking survivor who founded a very special project called Survivors Ink, was re-published in Marie Claire France's February issue. The story was originally published by The Guardian Sunday Magazine back in November.