Drug adddicts are surrounded by discarded dirty needles and syringes at a cemetery in Nampatka village, northeastern Shan State, Burma, Jan 28, 2014.
Every morning, more than 100 heroin and opium addicts descend on the graveyard to get high. Some junkies lean on white tombstones, tossing dirty needles and syringes into the dry, golden grass. Others squat on the ground, sucking from crude pipes fashioned from plastic water bottles.
Together with other opium-growing regions of Burma, the village of Nampakta has seen an astonishing breakdown of law and order since generals from the formerly military-run country handed power to a nominally civilian government three years ago.
The drug trade - and addiction - is running wild along the jagged frontier. In this village, roughly half the population uses.