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A Fateful Harvest: Afghanistan under siege

Afghanistan supplies virtually all of the world's illegal opium. For Afghans themselves, however, feelings about poppy are conflicted: It's harmful to their ...


Part 1 of an 8 part series on youtube documenting the opium-growing process and how the Taliban manages it.  Agricultural production and rural land use can absolutely play a huge role in geopolitics and cultural patterns and processes, as evidenced by this example.  For more resources on the Afghanistan drug issue, see:

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 10:32 AM

Opium is an illegal drug that Columbia and Afghanistan supply to the world. Though the country is aware of this and many people participate in the harvesting of it, there are lots of people who are opposed and against the illegal opium selling/trafficking. 

Louis Mazza's curator insight, March 25, 2:46 PM

There are signs in Afghanistan that the new democracy in place has helped to improve living conditions but Afghaniston still has internal trouble. The Taliban are still causing chaos in Afghanistan. Corruption in government is staggering, addiction rates among women and children are growing and at the same time the drug trade in Afghanistan is becoming a multi-billion dollar corporation. Farmers are growing opium like no tomorrow and Afghanistan now has the highest narcotic output of any nation. Prior to 2002 opium cultivation was legal.  Money from opium helps fuel the Taliban. Citizens also use opium as a means of survival so when forces destroy the crop, innocent people also suffer. A man interviewed in the video says no other crop feeds his children, and the government does nothing to help.

Felix Ramos Jr.'s curator insight, April 1, 7:10 PM

Most people would agree that Opium is a devastating addiction.  But what most of us don't see is the other side of the drug trade. This video shows the vulnerability of the drug-dealers and poppy-farmers.  The Afghanistan government finds and destroys a poppy farm and the interview with a boy of the farming family is riveting.  You can't help but feel bad for these people, especially the children who are directly effected by it.

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