Drug addiction is all over the globe. It has reached the farthest places, causing the lives of people. The problem with drugs is not getting any better. Instead, it is getting worse each day as more and more people are abusing the substance. This means that a greater number of people need help to be spared from the dangers that come with drug addiction.
In the kitchen of the drug rehabilitation center in Lamu, Kenya, Musa Mohamed is stirring a pan full of chicken and herbs. Musa is a 43-year-old drug user. He is one of 18 addicts at the center which is run by the Kenya Red Cross. He started using heroin 14 years ago after his friends recommended it to him.
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Kenya’s National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) says there are 40,000 heroin users across the coastal area of Kenya. Many live in Lamu, a town with a large number of drug dens.
Red Cross volunteer Nurein Mohamed often visits the drug dens where she sees the desperation of many addicts.
Forty-three-year-old Yusuf Yunus understands that desperation. He wants to stop using drugs.
“Now I have two children of mine who will get in trouble,” he said. “I don’t know what to do because I am high. I am not healthy for them, and I don’t know how to get money. I cannot help my children when I am high.”