The smell – a rather strong mix of sweat, dampness, and soap – is the first thing one notices upon stepping into the compound of a privately run shelter in Kabul, Afghanistan, for people struggling with drug addiction.
The corridors of Mother Camp, as it is known, are dark. But one can still see that they’re decorated with photos of those who are recovering, and there’s colorful artwork by the many people who have walked these halls in their journey to healing. Laila Haidari, Mother Camp’s founder, walks past confidently to meet a small group of addicted individuals who were brought to the shelter the evening before.
“Mother,” as she is fondly called, “will talk to each of them personally about their addictions and how we can help them get better,” says Nasim Alizada, the caretaker at Mother Camp.
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