A.K. Kimoto, Japan

Opium for the children


Seven years old and addicted to drugs: Rushanora is smoking heroin together with her dad. The drug numbs the feelings of cold and hunger which are particularly strong during the long and cold local winter. They live in Badakhshan, a remote mountain region in the northeast of Afghanistan. The country is known to be the largest producer of opium and in some parts of Badakhshan, almost 70% of the population is addicted to the drug.

7-month-old Qurban was born an opium addict. His face looks like the one of an old man. He is given a steady dose through the milk of his addicted mother.

Opium for the children
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Opium for the children
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Opium for the children
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Opium for the children
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Opium for the children
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Opium for the children
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Opium for the children
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Opium for the children
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Opium for the children
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Opium for the children
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Curriculum Vitae: A.K. Kimoto

Over the following years, A.K. worked with various international NGOs to document the recovery efforts in Aceh, and on many social issues in the region.

His most recent work focuses on the lives of Afghans who try to lead a normal existence while conflict and violence threaten their survival

ak(at)spiderandflies.com