China’s Drug Addicts Call for Divine Intervention

DP / EDITING: Thomas Cristofoletti

REPORTING: Denise Hruby and Wang Yiwei


"We cannot rely on ourselves to come clean. We can only rely on God."

Drug use is increasing in China, especially on the southern border, where the vast majority of heroin, opium and meth are trafficked from Myanmar. The state's compulsory rehab centers, however, are run like labor camps, and so addicts in southern Yunnan are now turning to voluntary, faith-based rehab centers.

In 2017 I had the opportunity to travel to Yunnan together with journalists Denise Hruby and Wang Yiwei, to document the effort of a small Christian rehab center to overcome drug addiction.

The multimedia piece was published on Sixth Tone.