Download Afghanistan's Opium whole Families Addicted on Opium in Afghanistan August 10, 2009 video on savevid.com
Download Afghanistan's Opium whole Families Addicted on Opium in Afghanistan August 10, 2009 streaming video in flv, mp4, avi formats direct easily on Savevid.com.
Afghanistan's Opium whole Families Addicted on Opium in Afghanistan Augu...
- To download Youtube videos you should click "Run" when java window opens. Enable "Always trust content from the publisher" to download seamlessly in the future.
- Download video
- Provider: Link:
- Rate: Please rate this video Views: 9 Downloads: 10
August 10, 2009
In a small village in northeastern Afghanistan,
it's estimated more than half the residents are addicted to opium, Even the youngest of children are given the drug
In a village in northeastern Afghanistan, it's just past eight in the morning at Islam Begs house, and the family is already curled up around a burning opium pipe
They include his one-year-old grandson
No one looks twice as his aunt blows the opium at him
It's a common practice here, resulting in rampant child addiction. Residents argue there is no alternative because there is no medicine: there is one drug and that's opium´
Islam Beg at age 65 admits he's ashamed of what he's become.
Islam Beg, drug addict "I started taking a smoke until I got addicted to this (opium). I lost my property, I lost my strength, my bravery and now I am laying here with an empty stomach."
Beg's forefathers used to own much of the land in the village and he once had 1,200 sheep. But they were sold, and then the land sold, to pay for opium.
The pipe is passed around and they all take turns to fill their lungs with this deadly substance.
This family of five is typical of the growing number of narcotics addicts in Afghanistan. There are an estimated 150,000 opium addicts and a further 50,000 heroin addicts here
Decades of war and poverty have instilled a sense of hopelessness in many people here, making narcotics an easydestructive way to deal with an often grim reality
This village Sarab has a population of fewer than 2,000, and half are already addicts
Afghanistan has few drug treatment services availablecountry-wide, there are fewer than 200 beds total for drug rehabilitation
In small villages like this everyone is linked and every family sinks further and further into debt
Jan Begum, drug addict "All I had I lost buying this (opium) you can see nothing has been left for me. I have been sick for the last six months and I don't have money to go to the doctor, all I had I spent on this (opium)."
This woman blows smoke into the face of a little girl
Khanim Gul, drug addict "I blow opium smoke to her face because I want her to sleep well at night. Opium works for us as an alternative for any kind of medicine."
Beg is hopeful that his grandchildren will escape his fate, he believes they're not yet addicted
But opium addiction in these remote mountain hamlets is so entrenched that whole families, from the smallest toddlers to old men, are held in its vice
- Category: Flag video