Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Blog comment to Kaitlin

Kaitlin: Also do most of the people planting Opium do it just for the money, or is it for other reasons as well
Answer : No, the farmers don't do it as much for the money as one might believe. The amount of money that these farmers get is very small. The middle men who sell the Opium in Europe and the US as heroin, are the ones that end up getting most of the money from the Opium. The Afghanistan Farmers only get enough money to feed their families. It is really sad that they have to plant such a harmful drug just to feed their families. Another reason for them planting this drug is that many of the farmers use the money to pay for the education of their children. Without the help of the Opium, the children will most likely end up in the cycle of Opium cultivation. So once again, the answer is no.

1 comment:

  1. They don't HAVE to grow opium to feed their families, there are endless opportunities that one can create for themselves or take advantage of in the world. Additionally, I was curious if you found that these farmers ever ended up using opium themselves in your research? Was there ever a tendancy for those who grew the drug to become enveloped in it themselves?