We have already slightly touched upon this theme in a previous post, but today we offer you a unique chance to see the full process of destruction of poppy fields in Afghanistan.
The operation starts in the early morning.
It’s quite easy to find poppy fields as almost all the slopes in the vicinity of Faizabad are dotted with them.
They can be both tiny lawns with an area of a few tens meters and vast, stretching beyond the horizon grasslands.
All the policemen are well armed. They understand that growing poppies is the only income for most peasants. There were cases when a field was mined and the policemen were shot at.
A support group.
A field is destroyed in two phases. First, poppy stems are cut down with sticks. Second, a field is plowed up. According to one of the policemen, the first phase is important because it prevents peasants from replanting poppy crops.
The residents of nearby villages get involved in the work too.
Beautiful poppy flowers!
Women and children run out into the field.Â They cry and throw themselves under sticks. A month later, they might have reaped the harvest and sold it. For many of them this money was the only way to survive another year in this godforsaken place.