Thursday, August 27, 2009

Afghan Tragedy---What Now?

Despite the heavy military presence of the United States and other Western powers, Afghanistan remains the world's largest illicit producer of opium, according to a new study released by experts who monitor the worldwide trade in narcotics on behalf of the United Nations.

"Afghanistan is the source of over 90 percent of the illicit opium in the world," Mylven Levitsky, a member of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), told a news conference after releasing the board's latest study on the global trade in illicit drugs.

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As the Afghan government cracks down on the plant, many farmers find themselves spiraling toward poverty.
Whole Families Hooked on Opium

Some Background

UN Articles on Afghan Opium

2005 Study

Tackling the Problem

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