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Woman addict whose children follow in her footsteps





Woman addict whose children follow in her footsteps

Jul 17, 2019 - 18:59

FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): A woman drug addict in western Ghorinfo-icon province says she spends 200 afghanis a day to buy narcotics and she has been unable to get rid of the addiction started 30 years ago.

The 46 years old, Zari Naaz (not a real name), is originally from Iran. She told Pajhwok Afghan News that she was 16 years old and in school when her classmates encouraged her to use drugs.

“In the beginning, I would smoke cigarettes with classmates, then one day a classmate added hashish to my cigarette and it intoxicated us a lot, later we started drinking alcohol and then opium until fully addicting to these things,” she said.

Naaz said now she smoked anything such as hashish, opium, crystal meth and other drugs whenever available to her.

She said she married an Afghan 22 years ago and started living in Afghanistaninfo-icon since that. “I currently live with my family in a half-ruined house in Firozkoh (the provincial capital),” she added.

While touching her dazed hairs, she said, “I married a man who was also drug addict, we cannot do anything except begging,” she said.

The room of Naaz house is covered with a dirty old carpet and its walls and ceiling have turned black due to cigarette smoke.

She said she had two sons and a daughter and they were also addicts. “My sons who are 16 and 18 years old work in car washing shops.”

Naaz’s husband died last year and she is currently the only one to take care of her family. “My husband turned very weak due to his illness, he died last year and now I am caring for my family,” she said.

Pajhwok reporter tried to talk with children of the family but they refused to talk and only said people stared at them with total contempt.

While drying her tears with a corner of her shawl, Naaz said, “We ourselves made our life unfortunate, now our children also face the same fate, people see us bad in the city, they insult us and only a few help us.”

The mother asked people particularly youth not to slip into addiction as leaving it was a difficult job.

She said she and her family had decided twice to quit their addiction but they failed.

However, Dr. Mohammad Omar Lalzad, head of Ghor Rehabilitation Center, said that leaving addiction required a strong resolve.

He said those who wanted to quit addiction should be hospitalized based on a doctor’s advice.

Lalzad said nearly 400 addicted womeninfo-icon were rehabilitated in the center over the last few years.

There are no specific figures about drug addicts in Ghor, but a survey launched in 2005 found 60,000 men and women addicted to drugs.

According to government statistics, 3.6 million people are addicted to drugs in Afghanistan.



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