Winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan

Petal colour diversity in Papaver somniferum.
Petal colour diversity in Papaver somniferum.
We’ve blogged repeatedly about Afghanistan’s poppy problem, or rather the West’s problem with Afghanistan’s poppies. Now, thanks to English Russia, via Zyalt, comes a remarkable set of photographs showing how exactly one goes about destroying a field of opium poppies. And, incidentally, someone’s livelihood.

Women and children run out into the field. They cry and throw themselves under sticks. A month later, they might have reaped the harvest and sold it. For many of them this money was the only way to survive another year in this godforsaken place.

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