Afghanistan's Child Drug Addicts Channel 4: Unreported World October 08, 2010
Afghanistan's Child Drug Addicts
Channel 4: Unreported World
While the world's focus is on the fight against the Taliban, Unreported
World reveals a hidden result of the conflict in Afghanistan: a huge
rise in the number of children addicted to opium and heroin.
Afghanistan is now believed to have the youngest drug addicted
population in the world. Reporter Ramita Navai and director Matt Haan
discover the epidemic is a direct consequence of the war. In Kabul,
children orphaned by the fighting turn to heroin to blot out the
psychological impact of their loss. In shantytowns, refugees from
Helmand feed their wounded children opium to relieve the pain. Navai
also visits families of addicts in the remote mountainous region of
Badakhshan. Here, villagers smoke opium to suppress their appetite.
It's cheaper to buy drugs than food.
'Just when you think you can't be shocked by anything coming out of
Afghanistan anymore, along comes Ramita Navai's documentary’ - Independent
'Remarkable’ - The Guardian
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