Haji Said is 40 year old farmer. He started smoking heroin in 1985
Heroin as purchased in Zanzibar
Said Hamiz, has been using heroin for nearly 10 years. A friend from Greece introduced it to him. He was working steadily in the soap industry, but slowly stopped showing up for work as the addiction became stronger.
He mostly snorts the heroin or smokes it in a pipe/freebase
Men eye the mornings bounty.
Users generally begin to congregate around 9 am each morning as there is only a 5-6 window before they begin to feel ill without heroin in their system.
Mohammed Sayed, (white shirt) 45, has been smoking heroin for nearly 15 years.
His best friend Haji (pictured at right) introduced him to it. which caused a rift between them for the first few months after Mohammed became addicted...
Ali Rajabu, 36years old, prefers to snort his drug of choice. When he started using-like so many others- he was with good friends. He thought they were going outside to smoke cigarettes but they instead handed him a pipe with unga (heroin).
Ali is wearing the traditional Kanzu that men wear before praying at mosque. He wears it to pay respect during Ramadhan but has not fasted.
Ali Makanika, 35 years old, is a farmer of cassava, banana and tomatoes. He has 3 children, is divorced, and lives with his mother.
In order to make money he hustles tourists by acting as an informal guide of sorts around Stone Town (the capital city). He can generally earns the equivalent of $15 per day which feeds his addiction.
Heroin users are often typified by being "on the nod". The nod is a catatonic state during which users lose complete concentration of their immediate surroundings and find themselves in a state reminiscent of sleep, though aware.
Photographed here is "Kudemba" a famous dope house on the island.
Minutes before his first hit of the day.
Marijuana leaf is chewed throughout the day to help re-engage addicts appetites
Khamis Maxine, 41 years old, has been smoking since 1985. His brother came from Pakistan to visit and brought it with him. It looked fun, so Khamis thought he'd try it, not knowing how bad the effects were going to be.
Jabir Abdallah started using 10 years ago. His life was hard so he wanted to be hight to try to forget, though he didn't realize how addictive it would be.
Still he loves being high ,and thinks it is the best feeling ever, as memories come back to him when he's not smoking, so will continue because of the peace it affords him