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Jakarta Post

By the way: Heroin is God in Boncos

  • Moch. N. Kurniawan

  /   Sun, March 21 2010   /  09:25 am

One afternoon in Boncos alley in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, a man suddenly came and stood near me. His eyes bulged and his hands were shaking as he used a syringe to draw liquid from a plastic bag. “Inject me with this putaw [low-grade heroin],” he instructed his friend.  His friend came to him, took the needle and injected the heroin into a vein on his elbow.A few moments later, the man was much more relaxed. He took his time washing the needle with a cup of water. The water slowly turned red mixing with blood,  the needle was clean. His ritual was completed.Two elementary school students who were buying their lunch nearby ignored him. Others, including a mother with two children, two girls, several boys and men, simply watched from where they were standing. They seemed to be waiting for something or someone. Then, another man wearing a hat walked down the alley, pushin...