Friday, February 4, 2011

Opium-Addicted Infants in Afghanistan

From CNN.com:

Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan (CNN) -- In a far flung corner of northern Afghanistan, Aziza reaches into the dark wooden cupboard, rummages around, and pulls out a small lump of something wrapped in plastic.

She unwraps it, breaking off a small chunk as if it were chocolate, and feeds it to four-year-old son, Omaidullah. It's his breakfast -- a lump of pure opium.

"If I don't give him opium he doesn't sleep," she says. "And he doesn't let me work."

Read more about this issue in Afghanistan here.

MR 

 

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"She unwraps it, breaking off a small chunk as if it were chocolate, and feeds it to four-year-old son, Omaidullah. It's his breakfast -- a lump of pure opium.

"If I don't give him opium he doesn't sleep," she says. "And he doesn't let me work"

I wonder why? Perhaps because you're feeding your child drugs? Thanks for sharing. This is disturbing - hopefully the country at least has basic family laws in place to take rights away from parents in those instances. Clearly enforcement needs to be stepped up if the law is indeed in place.

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Posted by: Family Law Solicitors | Feb 4, 2011 4:48:58 AM

It is disturbing to hear this. This is what the lack of education can do. Upon reading the rest of the story it was interesting to read that once the parents had a bit more information about the dangers involved they have made an effort to try and stop the addiction from continuing down to future generations.

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Posted by: Family Lawyers Edinburgh | Jul 28, 2011 2:06:40 PM

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