A One-Woman War on Drugs

Afghans are among “the worst victims of the failed war on drugs,” but the nearly 3 million people addicted to drugs in the country are seen as a societal nuisance and government shelters are scarce.
But at Mother Camp, hundreds of people receive free help each year, starting with a “cold turkey” approach. Its founder Laila Haidari, who largely self-funds the project, carries on despite death threats from detractors. Her mission has garnered praise, too.
“If we wait for society and the government to catch up, that’s an immeasurable loss of valuable lives,” says Mina Sharifi of Sisters4Sisters, a mentorship program for girls.
The Guardian

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