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Crackdown on Opium Production - 20 Jan 2014
Images from the northern Shan state in Myanmar where Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldiers destroy a poppy field. Despite increased government eradication efforts, opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar has risen for a seventh consecutive year, Myanmar's Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report.

The UNODC said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002.

The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years.
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RTX17KUN
January 19, 2014
A Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier sits by the fire for warmth before the army destroys...
MANTONG, Myanmar
A Taang National Liberation Army soldier sits by the fire for warmth before the army destroys a poppy...
A Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier sits by the fire for warmth before the army destroys a poppy field in Nanbarkyaing village, Mantong township, in the northern Shan state January 15, 2014. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KTU
January 19, 2014
Children look at a Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier before he destroys a poppy field near...
MANTONG, Myanmar
Children look at a Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier before he destroys a poppy field near...
Children look at a Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier before he destroys a poppy field near Loimgmain village, Mantong township, in the northern Shan state, January 16, 2014. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KTZ
January 19, 2014
A Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier stands guard before the army destroys a poppy field in...
MANTONG, Myanmar
A Taang National Liberation Army soldier stands guard before the army destroys a poppy field in Nanbarkyaing...
A Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier stands guard before the army destroys a poppy field in Nanbarkyaing village, Mantong township, in the northern Shan state January 15, 2014. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KSY
January 19, 2014
A Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier carries a weapon during the destruction of an opium field,...
MANTONG, Myanmar
A Taang National Liberation Army soldier carries a weapon during the destruction of an opium field, near...
A Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier carries a weapon during the destruction of an opium field, near Loimgmain village, Mantong township, in the northern Shan state, January 16, 2014. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KT4
January 19, 2014
A Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier carries a weapon during the destruction of an opium field...
MANTONG, Myanmar
A Taang National Liberation Army soldier carries a weapon during the destruction of an opium field near...
A Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier carries a weapon during the destruction of an opium field near Loimgmain village, Mantong township, in the northern Shan state, January 16, 2014. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KST
January 19, 2014
A Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier sets fire to poppy plants during the destruction of an...
MANTONG, Myanmar
A Taang National Liberation Army soldier sets fire to poppy plants during the destruction of an opium...
A Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier sets fire to poppy plants during the destruction of an opium field, near Loimgmain village, Mantong township, in the northern Shan state, January 16, 2014. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KSH
January 19, 2014
A Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier displays poppy plants as the army destroys an opium field...
MANTONG, Myanmar
A Taang National Liberation Army soldier displays poppy plants as the army destroys an opium field near...
A Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier displays poppy plants as the army destroys an opium field near Loimgmain village, Mantong township, in the northern Shan state, January 16, 2014. Eike Nyi earns 2,000 kyats ($2) per day working on the opium field. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KTA
January 19, 2014
Eike Tun (R), 40, an opium field worker, sits on the field next to a Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA)...
MANTONG, Myanmar
An opium field worker, sits on the field next to a Taang National Liberation Army soldier destroying...
Eike Tun (R), 40, an opium field worker, sits on the field next to a Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier (L) destroying poppy plants, near Loimgmain village, Mantong township, in the northern Shan state, January 16, 2014. Eike Tun gets 200,000 kyats ($200) for per opium season. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KSQ
January 19, 2014
Eike Tun, 40, an opium field worker, sits on the field as Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldiers...
MANTONG, Myanmar
An opium field worker sits on the field as Taang National Liberation Army soldiers destroy poppy plants,...
Eike Tun, 40, an opium field worker, sits on the field as Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldiers destroy poppy plants, near Loimgmain village, Mantong township, in the northern Shan state, January 16, 2014. Eike Tun gets 200,000 kyats ($200) for per opium season. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KSD
January 19, 2014
Eike Nyi, 30, an opium field worker, stands next to his burning hut as Taang National Liberation Army...
MANTONG, Myanmar
An opium field worker stands next to his burning hut as Taang National Liberation Army soldiers destroy...
Eike Nyi, 30, an opium field worker, stands next to his burning hut as Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldiers destroy the opium field, near Loimgmain village, Mantong township, in the northern Shan state, January 16, 2014. Eike Nyi earns 2,000 kyats ($2) per day working on the opium field. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KTM
January 19, 2014
Eike Tun, 40, a poppy field worker, removes his belongings as Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldiers...
MANTONG, Myanmar
A poppy field worker removes his belongings as Taang National Liberation Army soldiers set fire to his...
Eike Tun, 40, a poppy field worker, removes his belongings as Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldiers set fire to his hut during a destruction of the poppy field, near Loimgmain village, Mantong township, in the northern Shan state, January 16, 2014. Eike Tun gets 200,000 kyats ($200) for per opium season. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KUB
January 19, 2014
A Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier stands guard before the army destroys a poppy field in...
MANTONG, Myanmar
A poppy field worker removes his belongings as Taang National Liberation Army soldiers set fire to his...
A Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier stands guard before the army destroys a poppy field in Nanbarkyaing village, Mantong township, in the northern Shan state January 15, 2014. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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RTX17KTE
January 19, 2014
Ngokhu, 30, an opium field worker, sits near a fire for warmth in a hut at an opium field near Loimgmain...
MANTONG, Myanmar
An opium field worker, sits near a fire for warmth in a hut at an opium field near Loimgmain village,...
Ngokhu, 30, an opium field worker, sits near a fire for warmth in a hut at an opium field near Loimgmain village, Mantong township, in the northern Shan state, January 16, 2014. Ngokhu gets 4,000 kyats ($4) for per day for working on the opium field. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KUE
January 19, 2014
A girl peers out from her hut in Nanbarkyaing village as Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldiers...
MANTONG, Myanmar
A girl peers out from her hut in Nanbarkyaing village as Taang National Liberation Army soldiers destroy...
A girl peers out from her hut in Nanbarkyaing village as Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldiers (not pictured) destroy a poppy field nearby, in Mantong township, in the northern Shan state January 15, 2014. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KUO
January 19, 2014
Children play in Nanbarkyaing village as Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldiers (not pictured)...
MANTONG, Myanmar
Children play in Nanbarkyaing village as Taang National Liberation Army soldiers destroy a poppy field...
Children play in Nanbarkyaing village as Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldiers (not pictured) destroy a poppy field nearby, in Mantong township, in the northern Shan state January 15, 2014. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KTN
January 19, 2014
A family passes time at their hut near a poppy field, as Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldiers...
MANTONG, Myanmar
A family passes time at their hut near a poppy field near Loimgmain village
A family passes time at their hut near a poppy field, as Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldiers destroy the field, near Loimgmain village, Mantong township, in the northern Shan state, January 16, 2014. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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RTX17KU3
January 19, 2014
A family passes time in Nanbarkyaing village as Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldiers (not pictured)...
MANTONG, Myanmar
A family passes time in Nanbarkyaing village as Taang National Liberation Army soldiers destroy a poppy...
A family passes time in Nanbarkyaing village as Taang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldiers (not pictured) destroy a poppy field nearby, in Mantong township, in the northern Shan state January 15, 2014. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production in Myanmar increased 26 percent in 2013 to an estimated 870 tonnes, the highest since joint-assessments with Myanmar's government began in 2002. The report said the increase is due to an expansion in the cultivation of areas in northern Myanmar from an estimated 51,000 hectares (510 sq km) in 2012 to 57,800 hectares (578 sq km) in 2014. It said 92 percent of opium poppy cultivation in the country is in Shan state, home to several armed groups that have been linked to the drugs trade for many years. Picture taken January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DRUGS SOCIETY)
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