Opium Wars

A key step to securing peace will be to wean Afghan farmers off growing poppies. “This is a bad way to make money. It trains you for no other occupation. When a father feeds a boy with money from poppies, he will grow poppies too. He’ll have no other skill. We have no carpenters, no engineers, no mechanics. We have nothing.” With a sad smile, the farmer says, “It is a kind of cancer on our country.”

Published: Jan 18, 2011
Length: 19 minutes (4,760 words)
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