Opium Brides

January 3, 2012

Najibullah Quraishi journeys deep into the Afghan countryside to reveal the deadly bargain local farm families have been forced to make with drug smugglers in order to survive.

(32:46) The unexpected collateral damage of the counter-narcotics effort in Afghanistan.

Billions in U.S. Spending Can’t Slow Afghan Opium Poppy Production

This comes despite $7.6 billion in counternarcotics spending by the U.S. there over the last decade — and is projected to increase even more in 2014.

Poppy Eradication in Afghanistan on the Rise

Poppy eradication in Afghanistan has nearly tripled in the past year amid violent resistance from farmers, as NATO prepares to … Continue reading

Afghanistan’s Opium Production on the Rise

Opium production will rise across Afghanistan in 2012, spreading to more parts of the country than it has in the last few years, according to a new UN assessment.

When Afghan Girls Pay the Price for the Crimes of Others

Shakila was just 8 years old when a group of men abducted her and her cousin from their beds as they slept in Naray district in Afghanistan’s Kunar province.

Afghanistan’s Opium Profits Soared in 2011

The value of opium produced in Afghanistan increased by 133 percent last year to $1.4 billion, or about 9 percent of the country’s GDP…

Face to Face with Afghanistan’s Opium Brides

From investigating the sexual abuse of young boys to embedding with a group of insurgents allied with Al Qaeda, veteran Afghan reporter Najibullah Quraishi takes FRONTLINE cameras where few Western journalists can go.


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