The role of drugs in the economy of Afghanistan
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- Opium growing doubles in Northern Alliance
- By Rory McCarthy, Guardian, [26 October
2001]. Opium cultivation in north-eastern Afghanistan in
territory controlled by the opposition Northern Alliance
doubled last year. After the Taliban banned poppies, drug
barons pushed their business into the mountainous province
under opposition control.
- Opium farmers rejoice at defeat of the
- By Richard Lloyd Parry, Independent, 21
November 2001. A farmer might give more than two-thirds of
his harvest to the owner of the land he farms. The Taliban
reduced him to complete destitution because they outlawed
opium production [but without changing property
- With Taliban gone, poppy crops return
- By Paul Salopek, Chicago Tribune, 26
December 2001. To survive the drought, villagers rely on
opium production. With the defeat of the Taliban,
anti-drug laws have fallen by the wayside; poppy
plantations under renewed cultivation.