Institute for War and Peace Reporting: Activists and officials in the Afghan province of Herat have warned that rising numbers of children are being recruited to work as drugs mules by local trafficking networks. Street children are particularly vulnerable, amid a massive rise in addiction among minors in the western province. Afghanistan’s booming illicit narcotics industry
KABUL, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) — A senior Afghan official called for joint efforts of the international community to fight against drugs on Monday. “Combating drug problems and getting rid of the menace to the society which is essential for ensuring public health, human rights and sustainable development requires collective efforts,” Salamat Azimi, the Afghan Minister
Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR): “My husband was not only smoking heroin but also stealing others people’s things,” she told IWPR, adding that he had also taken all the money she earned as a seamstress and sold all their household goods. “Then people started coming to our home and asked me to pay for what
KABUL, May 4 (Xinhua) — Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday termed illicit drug as a national problem and called upon Afghans to stand along with the government in fighting the menace. “Like poverty, the problem of drug in society is a national problem and a serious challenge,” Ghani said while inaugurating a drug
UNITED NATIONS, April 19 (Xinhua) — Afghanistan on Tuesday called for more international support for its efforts in fighting the drug problem as the anti-narcotics war is “beyond the limits of any single government.” Slamat Azimi, the minister of counter narcotics of Afghanistan, made the statement at the ongoing Special Session of the UN General
Reuters: In Zhari, a parched district north-west of Afghanistan’s second city of Kandahar, 13 year-old Naqibullah is working in his father’s poppy field, preparing for the main harvest of the year. Harvesting the poppy and collecting the resin that will be used to make opium, heroin and other drugs that eventually find their way on to
Counter Punch: The revelation that the number of opium-addicted Afghan adults and children has reached new highs is a dramatic consequence of the war in that country. It painfully illustrates how the aggression led by the United States can doom generations of children to a miserable life. A U.S. funded study released in April of 2015,
Xinhua: There are estimated 1.5 million drug addicts in Afghanistan. Drug addiction is often the result of poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, trauma from continuing conflicts and migration, according to health officials. Click here to view photos (external link).