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Drug Wars

Militant Islamists escort drug convoys through northern Mali in exchange for hefty payments. The U.S. military and Honduran authorities use commando-style tactics to catch traffickers in the remote jungles of La Moskitia. A 15-year old from Ciudad Juarez, the most violent city in Mexico, chooses the clarinet over drugs after dropping out of school twice.

Drug Wars tells of men, women, and children who risk their lives—as drug users, traffickers, smugglers, and enforcement agents. You will find searing portraits of those who suffer from addiction, their family members and loved ones. These are stories not only of lives lost and opportunities missed, but also of the fear and disruption that can overwhelm a community.

Pulitzer Center journalists expose corruption, extortion, and murder in an often violent war on drugs, fought in all corners of the globe, in Cuba and Crimea, in Bolivia and Burma, and from the Philippines to Tajikistan. They cover various recovery programs, such as opioid substitution therapy, as well as policy debates involving the roles of drug enforcement agents, the police, the military, and government. And they ask important questions: Are drug users criminals or patients in need of medical treatment?

Drug Wars

On the Border: Heroin Epidemic

Journalists Sami Siva and Michael Edison Hayden report from Punjab and Kashmir on the heroin epidemic. As many as 70 percent of Punjabi males (16 and 35) living in Amritsar are allegedly addicted.

North India's Heroin Epidemic

Addiction in Punjab and Kashmir has increased in the last few year due to large amounts of heroin being smuggled across the border. These images show some realities of this crisis.

Kashmir's War on Drugs

Thousands of young Muslim men in Kashmir have turned to opiates to dull the trauma of a childhood marked by violence and death.

Kashmir's Heroin Highway

Police in places like Uri, along India’s border with Pakistan in Kashmir and Punjab, have become the last line of defense against the growing epidemic of heroin addiction in northern India.

Marco Vernaschi Nominated for ICP Infinity Award

Marco Vernaschi has been named a finalist for the International Center of Photography's Infinity Award in Photojournalism for his 2009 work on cocaine trafficking in West Africa. He was nominated by Karen Irvine of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

The ICP's Infinity Awards were inaugurated in 1984 to bring public attention to outstanding achievements in photography by honoring individuals with distinguished careers in the field and by identifying future luminaries. The program is well known as the most prestigious photographic awards ceremony in the world!

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