• Frontline Club: Opium Brides - Screening and Q&A

Frontline Club: Opium Brides - Screening and Q&A

08 March 2013

Frontline Club, London

Afghanistan produces around 90 percent of the world’s opium, fuelling the global heroin trade, funding insurgent groups like the Taliban and bringing billions of dollars a year into the country’s economy.

Award-winning Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi travels deep into the Afghan countryside to reveal the deadly bargain local farmers are being forced to make in order to save their own lives.  Opium Brides exposes the dreadful abuse of young Afghan girls by drug traffickers closely allied to the Taliban.  Through interviews with local villagers, Quraishi learns that drug smugglers have been paying local farmers to grow opium, which the smugglers then use to produce heroin.

Now that the government has been destroying the farmers’ opium crops through the eradication programme, the drug smugglers are returning and giving farmers a choice:  Pay back the money, or give one of the family’s young daughters as a “bride.”

Venue: Frontline Club, 3 Norfolk Place, London, W2 1JG

Tickets: £10

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