According to Al Jazeera English, there has been an increase in the number of children addicted to heroin in Pakistan. While some help for these children is available through a family-run Dost Foundation charity, the country’s weak economy makes it hard to provide the funding that is needed to support these young addicts.
Many of these kids come from the tribal areas of the country. Most of these youth came to the city because of poverty and conflict, and found themselves on the streets of Peshawar. The majority of the children aged 5 to 16 that are taken in by the Dost Foundation are heroin users. According to a United Nations report from last year, 90% of the world’s opium comes from Afghanistan, and Pakistan becomes a major highway for opium trafficking and transportation. As a result, Pakistan has nearly 4 million opiate addicts, with an increasing number of child addicts.