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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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August 26, 2014
John Kalunge Nguthari, a farmer, climbs a khat tree at his plantation in Maua near Meru eastern Kenya...
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John Kalunge Nguthari, a farmer, climbs a khat tree at his plantation in Maua near Meru
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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August 26, 2014
Khat grows on a tree at a plantation in Maua, near Meru, eastern Kenya August 20, 2014. Britain, whose...
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Khat grows on a tree at a plantation in Maua, near Meru
Khat grows on a tree at a plantation in Maua, near Meru, eastern Kenya August 20, 2014. 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. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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August 26, 2014
A khat farmer packs his crop at a collection point near his plantation in Maua, near Meru, eastern Kenya...
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A khat farmer packs his crop at a collection point near his plantation in Maua, near Meru
A khat farmer packs his crop at a collection point near his plantation in Maua, near Meru, eastern Kenya August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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August 26, 2014
Somali Khat businesswomen waiting for khat stand near a mini bus in Mogadishu August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal...
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Somali Khat businesswomen waiting for khat stand near a mini bus in Mogadishu
Somali Khat businesswomen waiting for khat stand near a mini bus in Mogadishu August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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August 26, 2014
Porters gather around a truck carrying khat in Mogadishu August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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Porters gather around a truck carrying khat in Mogadishu
Porters gather around a truck carrying khat in Mogadishu August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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August 26, 2014
A Somali government soldier shops for khat in a market in Mogadishu August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar...
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A Somali government soldier shops for khat in a market in Mogadishu
A Somali government soldier shops for khat in a market in Mogadishu August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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August 26, 2014
A woman and her daughter arrange branches of khat into small bundles in Mogadishu August 9, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal...
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A woman and her daughter arrange branches of khat into small bundles in Mogadishu
A woman and her daughter arrange branches of khat into small bundles in Mogadishu August 9, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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August 26, 2014
A man chews khat in Mogadishu August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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A man chews khat in Mogadishu
A man chews khat in Mogadishu August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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August 26, 2014
Men chew khat in Mogadishu August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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Somali men chew khat in Mogadishu
Men chew khat in Mogadishu August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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August 26, 2014
Abdulahi Yaroow, 13, smokes a cigarette while chewing khat at the same time in Mogadishu August 10, 2014....
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Abdulahi Yaroow, 13, smokes a cigarette while chewing khat at the same time in Mogadishu
Abdulahi Yaroow, 13, smokes a cigarette while chewing khat at the same time in Mogadishu August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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August 26, 2014
Ali Abdi (R), 14, and his friend Abdulahi Yaroow, 13, chew khat, in Mogadishu August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal...
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Boys chew khat in Mogadishu
Ali Abdi (R), 14, and his friend Abdulahi Yaroow, 13, chew khat, in Mogadishu August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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August 26, 2014
Ali Abdi, 14, and his friend Abdulahi Yaroow, 13, chew khat in Mogadishu August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal...
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Boys chew khat in Mogadishu
Ali Abdi, 14, and his friend Abdulahi Yaroow, 13, chew khat in Mogadishu August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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August 26, 2014
Maryan Mohamed poses for a photograph as she smokes and chews khat in Mogadishu August 9, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal...
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Maryan Mohamed poses for a photograph as she smokes and chews khat in Mogadishu
Maryan Mohamed poses for a photograph as she smokes and chews khat in Mogadishu August 9, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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August 26, 2014
Jiijo Sheik Mohamed (L-R), Faadumo Mohamed and Maryan Mohamed sit and chew khat in Mogadishu August 6,...
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Jiijo Sheik Mohamed, Faadumo Mohamed and Maryan Mohamed sit and chew khat in Mogadishu
Jiijo Sheik Mohamed (L-R), Faadumo Mohamed and Maryan Mohamed sit and chew khat in Mogadishu August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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August 26, 2014
Somali men smoke and chew khat inside a makeshift building at night in Mogadishu August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal...
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Somali men smoke and chew khat inside a makeshift building at night in Mogadishu
Somali men smoke and chew khat inside a makeshift building at night in Mogadishu August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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August 26, 2014
Somali men sit and chew khat inside a makeshift building at night in Mogadishu August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal...
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Somali men sit and chew khat inside a makeshift building at night in Mogadishu
Somali men sit and chew khat inside a makeshift building at night in Mogadishu August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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