Opium Brides

Poppy Cultivation More Than Doubled In Badakhshan
A 10 year old girl stands in a poppy field in Fayzabad, Afghanistan.

The drugs trade in Afghanistan is having a terrible human cost. The documentary “Opium Brides“, made by Clover Films, looks at the plight of poppy farmers who have taken loans from drug traffickers. Due to the government’s policy of destroying crops, these farmers are often left with huge debts and no means of repaying them.

As a result, traffickers are seizing their children, who can be as young as five or six. Journalist Najibullah Quraishi travelled into the Afghan countryside to interview families trapped in this situation. I interviewed the film’s producer, Jamie Doran, for a recent issue of Grazia magazine. The cutting is below.

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