Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2004’

Brides of the drug lords

Afghanistan’s opium trade is worth £14 billion a year. But when its dealers are shot or jailed, their daughters are sold as wives to settle their debts

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Brides of the drug lords (un-edited version)

By Fariba Nawa Aziza’s pale green eyes flashed. Her 12-year-old body shivered. She took two steps back toward the mud wall in the hallway. It was a dead end. “I’m not going! I’m not going!” she shouted at her mother. Haji Sufi, a 46-year-old opium farmer, waited for her inside the room, sitting cross-legged on a thin mat drinking black …

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