I met a homeless addict and recognised a childhood friend (BBC)

I met a homeless addict and recognised a childhood friend (BBC)

A chance meeting between two childhood friends helped one begin a journey back from drug addiction after many years living on the street.

 

It was early October and Wanja Mwaura, 32, was on her way to the market in Lower Kabaete, not far from Nairobi, when she heard someone shout out her name.

She looked up and was surprised to see a tall man with bulging eyes, an emaciated frame, dirtied black overalls and an equally stained thick woollen hat, sitting on the side of the road. She did not recognise him.

But when Patrick “Hinga” Wanjiru, 34, introduced himself, Wanja says she found herself in shock. Standing before her was a friend she had known since she was seven years old. Read more

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