My main interest lies in documentary. In 2013 i started working on the project Voluntourism , investigating the phenomenon of mixing volunteer work with vacation. As the larger NGOs and more established volunteer agencies, such as the...
Children in the streets of a opium producing village in Shan State, Myanmar. Most farmers and workers here say they would rather grow something else than poppy, but that it is the only way for them to send the kids to school.
A opium farmer takes a smoke in the morning in his poppy filed deep in the mountains of Shan State, Myanmar. He owns the village´s largest field and support his while family and parents on the income of around $ 1000 dollars per season.
A 20 year old opium addict. His mother cries and asks for help. He wants to leave the village and go work somewhere else, where he can be free of the drug. So far he has not been able to afford it. Many people have trouble getting treatment here, in a village in Shan State, Myanmar.
The 25 year old drug user has completed his first week of rehabilitation locked up in a wooden cage in one of Pat Ja Sans Drug rehabilitation centers in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar. He has a wife and child waiting for him at home. He was arrested by the Baptist run organisation and put in a rehabilitation center.
Myanmar is the second largest producer of opium in the world, after Afghanistan, and it is the main source of Methamphetamine. Farmers and workers in the the mountains of Shan State are growing poppy as a way to send their children to school. Others are using opium to get rid of the pain after a long hard working day. In Kachin State, the christian organization Pat Jasan is arresting junkies on the streets, giving them the choice of prison or rehabilitation. Their methods are cruel, locking drug users in wooden cages, and surrounding their rehabilitation centers with barbed wire. In Yangon, the availability of Methamphetamine and cheap Heroin have led to a drug epidemic. An anonymous drug user tells us about prisons overflowing with drugs to control the prisoners and youngsters using Meth as recreation. The majority of the drugs are exported though, to larger markets in China and Thailand, through rebel groups in the border regions of Myanmar. This area, known as the Golden Triangle, is still a very active area of trade.