Afghan Villagers Create Own Plan to Address Drug Problem
Residents in Afghanistan are not thrilled with the drug addicts living in their midst and according to a post in Islam Online, they have discovered a method for eradicating the drug problem overall – remove the addicts.
Villagers in the eastern Qarabagh district in Ghazni province are ready to take action. To help smooth the transition for drug addiction, tribal leaders did step in and warn the addicts to quit the habit or be fined. Those who insist on continuing with the drugs will be forced to leave the district.
“Heroin addiction among our young people was destroying us,” elder Mohammad Razaq told Agence France Presse (AFP) Saturday, January 16. “This destruction was getting worse and worse every day and we felt that we had no choice but to deal with it in this way.”
Razaq noted that if the offending individuals refused to stop taking the drugs by the deadline, they would be forced out of the village. Since the decision was made by the elders, more than 200 addicts have been removed from villages in the district.
The same penalties have been put in place for drug producers, traffickers and sellers. A first offense is a fine of 100,000 afghani. If they continue their activities after being fined, the community gets together and burns down the offender’s house.
Afghanistan is currently the world’s largest producer of opium. Many locals depend on this crop in order to make ends meet as it can be very lucrative. The country accounts for more than 90 percent of the world’s opium supply, but there are not official statistics on the number of addicts in Afghanistan, a country with a population of 24-30 million.