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Khat - Somalia's Paradise Flower - 26 Aug 2014 - Sort by:
Khat - Somalia's Paradise Flower - 26 Aug 2014
Grown on plantations in the highlands of Kenya and Ethiopia, tonnes of khat, or qat, dubbed "the flower of paradise" by its users, are flown daily into Mogadishu airport, to be distributed from there in convoys of lorries to markets across Somalia. Britain, whose large ethnic Somali community sustained a lucrative demand for the leaves, banned khat from July as an illegal drug. This prohibition jolted the khat market, creating a supply glut in Somalia and pushing down prices, to the delight of the many connoisseurs of its amphetamine-like high.
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John Kalunge Nguthari, a farmer, climbs a khat tree... more
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John Kalunge Nguthari, a farmer, climbs a khat tree at his plantation in Maua near Meru eastern Kenya August 20, 2014. Grown on plantations in the highlands of Kenya and Ethiopia, tonnes of khat, or qat, dubbed "the flower of paradise" by its users, are flown daily into Mogadishu airport, to be distributed from there in convoys of lorries to markets across Somalia. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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Khat grows on a tree at a plantation in Maua, near... more
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A khat farmer packs his crop at a collection point... more
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Somali Khat businesswomen waiting for khat stand near... more
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Porters gather around a truck carrying khat in Mogadishu... more
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A Somali government soldier shops for khat in a market... more
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A woman and her daughter arrange branches of khat into... more
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A man chews khat in Mogadishu August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal... more
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Men chew khat in Mogadishu August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal... more
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Abdulahi Yaroow, 13, smokes a cigarette while chewing... more
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Ali Abdi (R), 14, and his friend Abdulahi Yaroow, 13,... more
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Ali Abdi, 14, and his friend Abdulahi Yaroow, 13, chew... more
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Maryan Mohamed poses for a photograph as she smokes... more
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Jiijo Sheik Mohamed (L-R), Faadumo Mohamed and Maryan... more
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Somali men smoke and chew khat inside a makeshift building... more
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Somali men sit and chew khat inside a makeshift building... more
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