War takes time out for opium windfall

Every spring in Kandahar, the fighting dies down for a few weeks in April and May as all the young men are busy harvesting the poppy crop. Once the crops are harvested, however, the fighting returns with a vengeance as young men, flush in the pocket from their work on the farm, are able to afford better ammunition and supplies. “Whatever the reason, the escalating violence of each summer is sickeningly predictable – so predictable, in fact, that pharmacists in Kandahar city are stocking extra medicines in anticipation of higher casualties and increased sales.”

War takes time out for opium windfall
Author: Katherine O’Neill and Graeme Smith
Publication: The Globe and Mail

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