2003 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 2nd prize

Brenda Ann Kenneally

for The New York Times Magazine

01 June, 1999

Drew starts punching mailboxes, as his mother Tata lights up the stem of crack she has just bought from him. Tata has a long record of arrests and convictions for drug offences. Drew had to leave the family apartment where his father and four siblings lived because of problems connected with his truancy from school. He spent the next few years of his life moving around the neighborhood, sometimes staying with friends, sometimes with Tata in the rooms where she sold drugs and got high, occasionally in abandoned buildings where he looked after stray dogs. After helping his mother deal in drugs for a while, Drew later branched out on his own.

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Brenda Ann Kenneally

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