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Widespread khat addiction threatens Yemen’s future

National pastime harms economy, agriculture, water, health and social life

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/widespread_khat_addiction_threatens_yemens_future

Abdulmalik, a 13-year-old boy from Yemen’s capital city Sana’a, started chewing khat leaves at the age of seven. “My father would pass me small handfuls at weddings,” he told The Media Line. “But I didn’t start chewing every day until I turned 12 and started to work. Khat gives me energy for work.”

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