Opium wars

Opium wars

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Reuters accompanied Burmese officials and staff from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime to Shan state recently to observe Burma’s proclaimed war on opium. Burmese police and UN officials traveled through the opium-rich region to ask farmers what assistance they need. The desperately poor growers prefer opium to crops like rice or vegetables because there is no need to haul opium crops to a middle man.

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