Saturday, February 25, 2012

the myanmar war on opium 46 Photo Total

These are images of the poppy eradication efforts in Myanmar’s impoverished Shan State. In Myanmar’s new war on drugs, meet the weapon of mass destruction: the weed-whacker. The saying Opium For The People has never been truer.

The MyanMar War On Opium
An ethnic Pa-O woman smiles after meeting UNODC and Myanmar's police representatives in the village of War Taw, in the mountains of Shan State January 27, 2012. Myanmar has dramatically escalated its poppy eradication efforts since September 2011, threatening the livelihoods of impoverished farmers who depend upon opium as a cash crop to buy food. With new ceasefires ending years of conflict between the government and ethnic insurgents, Myanmar police and United Nations officials are travelling through opium-rich Shan State to ask farmers what assistance they need. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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