Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq: Veiled Rebellion: VeiledRebellion017

Bibi, about 60 years old, sits with empty pods of opium as she scrounges for drugs to smoke at home in Shortepa district outside of Mazar e Sharif, in Afghanistan. As a child, she used to collect the opium harvest, and became addicted when she was about 12 years old. she has been smoking and eating opium for about fifty years, and her neighbors take care of her. She says 'I have no children to take care of me now that I am old. Opium is my son, is my daughter. All winter, I didn't have food. Opium was my food.'

Bibi, about 60 years old, sits with empty pods of opium as she scrounges for drugs to smoke at home in Shortepa district outside of Mazar e Sharif, in Afghanistan. As a child, she used to collect the opium harvest, and became addicted when she was about 12 years old. she has been smoking and eating opium for about fifty years, and her neighbors take care of her. She says 'I have no children to take care of me now that I am old. Opium is my son, is my daughter. All winter, I didn't have food. Opium was my food.'