In the summer of 2016, a short video of a little dog found its way into Afghanistan’s social media space, gaining thousands of views in a matter of hours. In it, a frayed-looking stray puppy could be seen rubbing his head against the walls of a bridge in apparent discomfort — the discomfort of an addict.
Afghanistan is a nation plagued with the largest opium cultivation in the world; 93 percent of the world’s opium is grown there. Colonies of homeless addicts can be found crouching on the sides of Kabul’s streets and under the dark, garbage-strewn alleys of its bridges. Homeless dogs are a mainstay in the area as well.
It was within this community that a young dog named Nesha, which means “intoxication” in Dari, one of Afghanistan’s national languages, found a home of sorts. She was taken in by an addict who lived under the Pul-e-Sokhta bridge, known to house several of Kabul’s addicts, and had passed on his addiction to the dog who had little understanding of what she was going through.
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