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Afghanistan: Opium addiction grows rapidly since US invasion02:33

Afghanistan: Opium addiction grows rapidly since US invasion

Afghanistan, Kabul
June 23, 2017 at 19:42 GMT -00:00 · Published

The number of opium addicts living outdoors in squalor in Kabul, Afghanistan has shot up since the USA invasion of 2001. Footage shot Friday in the capital showed a community of addicts who live in a dry riverbed in the centre of the city.

Political analyst Hekmarullah Azamy, interviewed in Kabul emphasized that the government was "unable to fight opium and narcotics" but said the "international community" was also "failing miserably to fight the opium product".

Afghan opoids are exported via smuggling routes - north, to Russia and Europe; east, to Asia; and west, to the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. The World Drug Report claimed that terrorist groups within the country made over $150 million (133,922,595 euro) from the illegal opiate trade in 2016.

According to United Nations figures net opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan increased by ten percent last year compared to 2015, reaching 201,000 hectares in 21 provinces. Meanwhile, the quantity of opium poppies destroyed decreased by 91 percent.

Afghanistan: Opium addiction grows rapidly since US invasion02:33
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The number of opium addicts living outdoors in squalor in Kabul, Afghanistan has shot up since the USA invasion of 2001. Footage shot Friday in the capital showed a community of addicts who live in a dry riverbed in the centre of the city.

Political analyst Hekmarullah Azamy, interviewed in Kabul emphasized that the government was "unable to fight opium and narcotics" but said the "international community" was also "failing miserably to fight the opium product".

Afghan opoids are exported via smuggling routes - north, to Russia and Europe; east, to Asia; and west, to the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. The World Drug Report claimed that terrorist groups within the country made over $150 million (133,922,595 euro) from the illegal opiate trade in 2016.

According to United Nations figures net opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan increased by ten percent last year compared to 2015, reaching 201,000 hectares in 21 provinces. Meanwhile, the quantity of opium poppies destroyed decreased by 91 percent.

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