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Preview “Phas Gaya – Being Stuck”

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“Since my mother died everything has changed to the worse. If it wasn’t for my two small children, I would have committed suicide a long time ago. This damn medicine…”, told me Fakir, crying about his loss and life, sitting lonely in his small room of the family’s house. The plastic tube which entangled his arm tight, making the injecting easier for him, seemed like an allegory for his life, a life in stagnation, being stuck – Phas Gaya.

Fakir, now 29 years old, went to a few rehabs from 2002 onwards, back then for being addicted to smoking heroin and still with the support of his mother trying to change her youngest son’s life to better. She died 6 years ago and left a vacuum in Fakir’s life, only worsened by family disputes regarding the inheritance and his continuing heroin addiction. Later on, as the heroin became more expensive and the quality worsened, he got introduced to something new: pharmaceuticals.
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After working on “Death for 50 Rupees” I continued focusing on the issue of pharmaceutical abuse and its consequences.
The seen photographs are a brief preview of  this still ongoing project that had been made possible by the generously grant received from the Chris Hondros Fund.

The full story will be released in a few weeks.
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Written by Enrico Fabian

March 30th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

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Thank YOU that YOU cared…

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I just wanted to give a Big Thank You to everyone who could spare some clothes for the homeless drug addicts of Jahangirpuri. At the end 52 packages each including a thick and a thin trouser or jeans, a t-shirt, a pullover and a shirt, were distributed. Some of them also included small extras like a shawl or gloves.

To ensure that the “right” people received these packages I went out with a group of outreach workers from the NGO Sharan whom I know since working in this area. Alongside them we handed the packages over to many familiar faces with the hope of making their nights a bit easier for them.

So again, thank YOU for your support and the contribution you gave and even more just for the fact that YOU cared for it.

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Written by Enrico Fabian

February 16th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

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Can You Spare a Little Comfort?

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Even if the temperatures in Delhi get slowly comfortable throughout daytime, at night it is still a different circumstance that especially people sleeping in the open have to face. Without basic shelter or even warm cloth, temperatures beneath 10 degrees Celsius can be life-threatening.

Most of the people whom I spend my time with while documenting the consequences of pharmaceutical abuse in the outskirts of Delhi are the ones who have to fight this fight against the biting cold, night by night.

After coming back from Germany a few days ago I distributed around 20 kilos of jeans and sweaters that I brought with me from my home. Obviously these clothes could provide a little comfort only to a handful of people.
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For this reason I am asking all the people from in and around Delhi to have a closer look into your wardrobe too! Do you really still need all of these things in there? Are you able to spare some jeans, shirts, pullovers, shoes, shawls, caps, gloves…mostly menswear and childrenswear ?
I think you all are…

If you think so too please contact me via email or phone and we figure out a time and a place of how we can arrange the handover of the clothes you want to donate to the homeless of Jahangirpuri.

Depending a bit on the result of my request made to you I have scheduled this Sunday as the first day to donate the received clothes to the people concerned.
I look forward for your support in this cause and would like to say thank you in advance…in the name of the homeless of Jahangirpuri.
For any questions regarding the donation mission please do not hesitate to contact me.

With best wishes and a lot of hope,
Enrico Fabian

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January 16th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

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Death for 50 Rupees

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“I smoked heroin for a long, long time but since two years I only inject. It’s cheaper and somehow the same”, said Darminder, his clothes and body marked by an endless seeming life on the street, his eyes sad and tired by years of constant pharmaceutical drug abuse. A few hours later the 17-year-old boy from Bihar was dead. In an argument about money for more drugs he was brutally beaten by false friends and was left to die in a dirty alley next to a waste picker colony. The police later had him dumped at the local hospital’s morgue and he, as many others, disappeared far before his time. Eventually Darminder became a victim of a medicine actually produced for a different purpose; to ease pain, to heal, to help people.

While worldwide the numbers of heroin users is constantly increasing, another even much more disturbing form of drug abuse is growing steadily yet largely unrecognized. Pharmaceuticals, especially opium derivatives, meant for a totally different clientele are on their rise to dominate the drug market in 3rd world- and threshold countries. Either the medicine is copied from the original product and reproduced in underground labs or dubious agents of certain pharmacy companies strike deals they were never supposed to. At the end the offered product is meant for one purpose only, to earn money through the users’ addiction.

In the India of the 21st century this kind of drug abuse has become a disturbing phenomenon and has lead and still leads to catastrophic consequences. While the homeless people of every age tranquilize their daily struggle other clients have entered the stage a long time ago: from simple day laborers earning a small living for their families while working at the nearby, gigantic, vegetable and fruit wholesale market, to municipal employees easing their responsibilities in the job with a little injection here and there. What was once unimaginable, especially in a life full of social and religious responsibility, has become a sad reality.

The choice of drugs available is vast and offers everything, for everybody, for every circumstance of life. Purchasing these drugs is as easy as buying cough syrup at the supermarket and one just has to pass by at one of the many pharmacies spread all over the big cities and small villages to purchase whatever one feels like. The medicine, not supposed to be given to anyone without prescription from a doctor, is sold for a price even the poor can afford. An ampule Buprenorphine (a semi-synthetic opioid actually used to treat opioid addiction), an ampule Diazepam (a benzodiazepine derivative drug also known as Valium), an ampule Avil (a antihistamine which lessens the side effects of the two other drugs) and two disposable syringes are sold for 50 Rupees, a little less than 1 USD. Depending on the customer’s relation to the pharmacy owner, an additional strong antidepressant tablet or extra morphine is handed out for free.

The consequences of this irresponsible, shameless business dealing with people’s lives and fate are devastating. Faces, once full of enthusiasm and vitality slowly turn into lifeless masks trying to hide their unquenchable need for more and more and more. Bodies once full of power and strength become only a hull carrying blood borne diseases like AIDS, caused by the exchange of needles. Loosing ones job, families or children are only a few examples out of a chain of actions being as long as terrifying.

Besides all these difficulties they face in their everyday lives, or even because of them, the level of constant psychological and physical violence is very high. Especially for the rising number of drug abusing children and teenagers, the situation is as bad as it could get. The alliances between them and the older, more experienced users result in twisted friendships based on their addiction. Although the kids can rely on a certain protection by the older ones, at the same time they are constantly endangered to be misused in any way imaginable.

The addicts’ minds are so much occupied by their addiction that they barely recognize the destructive exploitation of their bodies and minds. Their daily habit is essential to them – even though it already destroyed their former lives.

Amongst all the people trapped in this vicious circle of poverty, addiction, violence and lost dreams, 17 year old Darminder’s life took a very wrong turn. Like that of many others before him…and like that of many more to come.
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To get another insight into the story please have a look at the following link provided by THE CARAVAN, India
http://www.caravanmagazine.in/Story/819/The-Needle-and-the-Damage-Done.html
written by: Dave Besseling

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Written by Enrico Fabian

April 27th, 2011 at 1:16 am

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Death for 50 Rupees – Getting Closer

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From the age of 15 up to 58…
From working government employees to convicted murderers…
From the ones still well of  to the ones struggling day in day out to stay alive…

These people seeming to be so different share something…
They share a past of constant abuse of alcohol, dilution, weed and heroin…
They share a presence in which new drugs took control over their life…
Drugs which are cheap, effective and constantly available…

Semi-synthetic opioids
Benzodiazepine derivatives…
Antihistamine…

Pharmaceutical drugs only available on prescription, officially…

They have a different story to tell…
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Written by Enrico Fabian

March 23rd, 2011 at 12:56 pm

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Death for 50 Rupees – Opener

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Wasim, Balbir, Jeetu, Saud, Vishal, Kalu, Bantu, Dinesh and Amrit…
All these persons, all these faces are a symbol for something hard to imagine…
Something that happens every day on the outskirts of the centre of Delhi…

Far off from the fancy stores of India’s capital another kind of business is done…
A business not only highly illegal but also a business playing with other people’s lives…
The ones making a loss in this trade are the clients…
A loss that cannot be repaid…
A loss that cannot be undone…

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During the next days I will continue telling their stories of living a life on the edge, and beyond…

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Written by Enrico Fabian

March 18th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

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Something in Common…

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Different faces…
Different origins…
Different age…
Different stories to tell….
But all of them have something in common…
They managed to crush the curse of nasha…

The full story online in a few days at www.enrico-fabian.com
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June 13th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

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