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MAP - Drugnews - Ethiopia

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Published: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:24:28 -0700

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Ethiopia: Web: Ethiopia Swaps Coffee For Drugs

Wed, 10 Dec 2003 08:00:00 GMT

BBC News, 10 Dec 2003 - Not far from the Somali border in the far east of Ethiopia a group of farmers from the village of Deder are moving slowly across a sweltering hillside singing. The high warbling notes from the brightly clad women punctuate the deep refrain coming from the men as they walk between straggly lines of coffee bushes.

Ethiopia: CIA Categorizes Ethiopia As Illicit Drugs Transit Hub

Fri, 23 May 2003 07:00:00 GMT

Addis Tribune, 23 May 2003 - The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) country fact book described Ethiopia as a "transit hub" for heroin originating in Southeast Asia and destined for Europe and North America. The latest country fact book updated last March stated that Ethiopia also served as a center for cocaine destined for markets in southern Africa, cultivates qat (khat) for local use and regional export "principally to Djibouti and Somalia (legal in all three countries)."

Ethiopia: Column: Understanding The Regulation Of Khat

Fri, 09 May 2003 07:00:00 GMT

Addis Tribune, 09 May 2003 - Khat (Catha edulis Forsk), or chat in Amharic, has been cultivated and used for centuries by the indigenous people in Ethiopia and the surrounding countries, including Somalia, Eritrea, Kenya and Yemen. Fresh leaves of khat are chewed primarily to attain a state of stimulation and euphoria. For the majority of these people, the use of khat is an established cultural tradition for a variety of social situations. In these countries, the consumption and trading of khat are legal in most cases. Due to adverse political, social and economic factors, the cultivation and use of khat in Ethiopia have increased significantly in recent years.

Ethiopia: LTE: Not Illegal in Britain

Fri, 09 May 2003 07:00:00 GMT

Addis Tribune, 09 May 2003 - Sir -- I have read an article titled "Fair trade farmers in Ethiopia" by an anonymous author. Referring to khat, it has been implied that the use of the herb in Britain is illegal. This is not true. Khat in Britain is not yet covered under the Misuse of Drugs Act and thus its possession and supply is perfectly legal. Consequently, khat is imported to Britain and sold opely by greengrocers, specialist health food shops and "head shops". Please don't scare those heavy consumers from your neighbourhood. Worku A. Woldemichael - --- MAP posted-by: Larry Stevens

Ethiopia: Column: The Ignored Challenge

Fri, 02 May 2003 07:00:00 GMT

Addis Tribune, 02 May 2003 - Many, especialy those who are addicted to 'Chiat', condone the practice as a source of enjoyment and they never admit the fact that the practice is harmful, to the individual, the family and the nation as well. But I do harbour the view that there is no question about it - "chiat" is harmful. The fact that the addiction does not kill like HIV/AIDS does not mean that it is not harmful. Putting aside the question whether "chiat" is harmful or not for the time being, let us talk of the points which are agreeable to everybody in the Ethiopian context.

Ethiopia: Ethiopian Farmers Turn To Drug Crop

Sun, 29 Dec 2002 08:00:00 GMT

San Jose Mercury News, 29 Dec 2002 - BEDESA, Ethiopia - Usmani Ali has given up on coffee and turned to growing something more profitable: drugs. Faced once again with massive food shortages, Ethiopian farmers like Ali are uprooting their coffee trees and replacing them with khat, a leafy narcotic that is this region's version of moonshine.

Ethiopia: Shashemene Journal -- Uneasy Bond Inside A Promised

Sat, 04 Aug 2001 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 04 Aug 2001 - SHASHEMENE, Ethiopia -- "Welcome home to Ethiopia," read the banner over the Rastafarians' church compound. Several men in long dreadlocks were waving the movement's familiar green-yellow-red flags, an old man in a white robe was reciting biblical verses, another was sucking lustily on a footlong pipe that had transformed his nostrils into two hyperactive chimneys. The strong, strong whiff of marijuana hung in the air, making everybody oblivious to the chilly morning.

Ethiopia: Rastafarians Flock To Their 'Mecca'

Thu, 21 Dec 2000 08:00:00 GMT

Christian Science Monitor, 21 Dec 2000 - Despite Financial Hardships, Jamaican Faithful Still Make A Pilgrimage To Africa Shashemene, Ethiopia Four weeks ago, a young African-American gave up his job in a supermarket, withdrew his savings from the bank, and booked a flight to Ethiopia.