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A Beautiful Tragedy
This young girl is a drug addict. She's only 14 years old. I found her begging for money on one of the main roads.
I heard a males voice go PSSSTTTTT! similar to the sound you would make when trying to scare off an animal. It was one of the armed security guards at the front of a shop trying to scare her off. She must have tried asking a customer for money.
Recent statistics state that of the 4 million drug dependant people in Pakistan 75% (3 million) choose to inject their heroin. The other million either smoke or snort it. There is an extreme shortage of needles, so two out of three people (2 million) share needles. That is a really scary statistic in itself, but it gets worse. One in three users are HIV positive! My dodgy maths skills tell me that's around 660,000 people. And keep in mind there are users as young as 12.
I took this girl aside and showed her my camera. She couldn't speak English but understood that I wanted a photo. Then I did something I am strongly against - I gave her money. In my defence I did point towards a shop and made a hand to mouth gesture indicating eating. Whether or not she bought food or drugs I'll never know.