According to our Narcotics 12 step teaching programme, addiction has little respect for class, race or wealth. The choice of drug however is strictly related to financial capacity, availability and demand. Changaa, a low quality alcoholic brew that is locally concocted and sold for a few shillings, is widely available and largely overlooked by the authorities for small considerations.
Bhang, a form of weed is readily available, usually smoked but sometimes made into a drink, has become part of the Kibera gang economy. Whilst stoking crime, belonging and being part of something meets a basic human need often lacking amongst Kibera’s young males.
As financial trickledown slowly permeates Kibera, a raft of more exotic recreational chemicals await to fill the voids. Meanwhile glue provides a cheap and plentiful alternative.