Big profits keep Afghan farmers hooked on opium poppies
30 April 2018 | 9:38 am
Afghan farmers are busy in their poppy fields as the annual opium harvest begins, underscoring the government's failure to stamp out a crop that yields much of the world's supply of heroin.
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