Since Slg. Zau Maw* quit using drugs, his past still brings him nightmares. “It troubles me a lot” he explains.
The 57-year-old father of nine is trying desperately to improve his life after a year addicted to drugs. Working as a farmer as well as doing other casual jobs, his family rely on him as the main earner. With two teenage sons, he wants to be a good role model for them, but the impacts of his addiction continue to cast a shadow.
Being addicted to drugs lost Slg. Zau Maw the respect of his friends and community. He has been excluded socially which has left him feeling depressed.
“Nobody is willing to talk with me. Although I try, they avoid me. I am not able to participate in any community events”.
Drug addiction is a significant issue in Kachin State with many people facing similar challenges. The ECID programme started awareness raising sessions on human rights and health knowledge for marginalised groups, such as people who use drugs, to give them the proper support needed to rehabilitate and integrate back into society. Organised by our partner Alliance Myanmar, the monthly sessions take place in Myitkyina, Mogaung and Wingmaw Townships.