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Ethiopia’s 4th Largest Export, Khat, Suffers after European Ban

Khat an important cash crop for the corrupt authorities in Ethiopia.
Khat is a thriving business and an important cash crop for the corrupt authorities in Ethiopia. The internationally illegal drug, however, is popular among youth and adults in Ethiopia who spends their productive time by chewing it ceremoniously and for long time. The drug is associated with dangerous habits such as drinking, unprotected sex, reproductive and HIV AIDS problem among the use. Who is to blame?

By AFP,

FOR a town seen as a key trading centre for khat, a drug that is banned in many countries, Ethiopia’s Awaday can seem pretty drowsy and laid-back.

As the sun sets on the small eastern town, farmers and brokers of the amphetamine shrub rouse from an afternoon slumber to cut deals in the bustling market, one of the busiest centres of international trade for the leaves.

Khat, a multi-million dollar business for countries across the Horn of Africa and in Yemen, consists of the succulent purple-stemmed leaves and shoots of a bush whose scientific name is Catha edulisContinue reading Ethiopia’s 4th Largest Export, Khat, Suffers after European Ban