Galleries: The Family of Prymorska Street, Odessa, Ukraine. 2010: odessa18

Mersalav is a regular visitor to the house. He is now in a care home but comes to visit his old friends and two brothers who still live on the streets.For many years he was addicted to balthuska, a homemade narcotic that many of the children inject. The years of abuse have left Mersalav with permanent brain damage, he slurs his words and struggles to walk unaided. One of his brothers is close to death from the drug and his sister died from AIDS after using a dirty needle. There is a strong possibility Mersalav also has the disease.

Mersalav is a regular visitor to the house. He is now in a care home but comes to visit his old friends and two brothers who still live on the streets. 

For many years he was addicted to balthuska, a homemade narcotic that many of the children inject. The years of abuse have left Mersalav with permanent brain damage, he slurs his words and struggles to walk unaided. One of his brothers is close to death from the drug and his sister died from AIDS after using a dirty needle. There is a strong possibility Mersalav also has the disease.