Published On: Wed, Oct 3rd, 2018

#India’s Hill Country Is the First Stop on #Heroin’s Deadly Route – In the nation’s northeast, Christians and activists struggle over the future of addicts. #Drugs

AIZAWL, India—On a hot evening in June, the 30-year-old V.P. stood uncomfortably in front of a small group of Christian vigilantes, trying to comfort her 3-year-old daughter as the men joked, probed with questions, and took snaps. A few hours earlier, the single mother, once a popular local musician, had been caught dealing about $400 worth (based on the current exchange rate) of it—roughly three and a half months’ income for many people in the town—on the streets, her daughter in tow. She dealt to support her own desperate habit, which had been getting fiercer in recent months, but that won her no sympathy from the men who were detaining her. “My life is sometimes very hard. I don’t want to do this, but I have to. My body needs it,” she said.

Read more: India’s Hill Country Is the First Stop on Heroin’s Deadly Route – Foreign Policy

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