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Khat an Increasing Problem for Ethiopian Youth

For Ethiopia’s underemployed youth, life can center on khat leaves

Chewing themselves into madness. About half of Ethiopia’s youth chew Khat. But is this a dangerous drug or a harmless herb?

BY KIMIKO de FREYTAS-TAMURA | THE NEW YORK TIMES

Her life revolves around a psychotropic leaf. Yeshmebet Asmamaw, 25, has made chewing the drug a ritual, repeated several times a day: She carefully lays papyrus grass on the floor of her home, brews coffee and burns fragrant frankincense to set the mood. Continue reading Khat an Increasing Problem for Ethiopian Youth