YEMENI CHILDREN ADDICTED TO QAT

Collection with 26 media items created by Mais Istanbuli ★★★★★

11 Dec 2012 02:00

Qat, a plant found in the Arabian Peninsula that acts as a stimulant when chewed, has begun to have an effect on economic, health, and environmental issues. The World Health Organization ruled it a "drug of abuse" because it can cause a mild to moderate psychological dependence.

The plant is accused of 'destroying the future of Yemen,' in particular when children begin chewing it at an early age. Children between 8 and 15-years-old can become addicted to the stimulant, often with the consent of their parents or guardians. It's a common belief, advocated by fathers, that chewing qat is a sign of adulthood and wisdom, and thus it's practiced at weddings at funerals.

Some fathers give their children qat as in incentive to stay home and finish homework instead of staying out in the streets, but youth also chew it in secret with their friends, both in public and in their private residences.

The economic crisis in Yemen has pushed children to work, and some choose to plant qat or sell it, often resulting in a discontinuation of their formal education.

"One reason behind children's addiction to qat is the tendency to leave school and enter the qat industry. This is due to the bad situations their families are going through, so the parents are not completely in control," says Dr. Adel Al-Sharjabi, a professor of sociology at Sana'a University. "Some parents even travel outside of Yemen, leaving their children to make their own decisions. Another reason is the lack of education and common knowledge among both parents and the youth," adds Al-Sharbaji.

Along with affecting society, the drug also affects health, causing hypertension and what some call "emotional disturbances."

Mohammad Al-Qadsi, a civil servant, said, "I chew qat, but I don't want my son to do so because of the harm it inflicts. If I allow him he will lose his childhood and his studies."

The money spent on Qat is about 60 million Yemeni riyals, which equals 6.5 percent of the total GDP, excluding oil. According to the Yemeni government's five-year development plan, 24 percent of all employed workers are involved in the qat industry.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (1 0f...
Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Fourteen year old boy, who works in selling Al Qat with his Father, Ahmad Issa.
He left school early in order to work with his father, because of the bad economical situation they have.
He stores Al Qat with the consent of his father.

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Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

In a Yemeni wedding, two twelve-year old boys storing Al Qat with their father, he allows them only in weddings.

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Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Eleven year old boy storing Al Qat with his friends in the city of Al Hudaydah, Yemen.

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Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Eleven year old boy storing Al Qat with his friends in the city of Al Hudaydah, Yemen.

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Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Eleven year old boy storing Al Qat with his friends in the city of Al Hudaydah, Yemen.

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Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Eleven Year old Yemeni boy storing Al Qat with adults in a wedding, with a bottle of water next to him.

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Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Eleven Year old Yemeni boy storing Qat with adults in a wedding, with a bottle of water next to him.

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Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Eleven Year old Yemeni boy storing Qat with adults in a wedding, with a bottle of water next to him.

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Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ten year old boy works in selling Al Qat, to help his family.
He emptied his mouth before taking the photo.

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Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ten year old boy works in selling Al Qat, to help his family.
He emptied his mouth before taking the photo.

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Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

At a Yemeni wedding, in Al Hudaydah, which is Situated on the Red Sea.
He goes to school, and his father allows him to store Al-Qat only in the weddings.

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Bajil, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

In the city of Bajil, a ten year old boy, storing qat at the street, he doesn't go to school.
Al Qat sellers give him some everyday.

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Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Thirteen year old boy, storing qat in the city of Al Hudaydah.

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Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Thirteen year old boy,storing qat in the city of Al Hudaydah.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (19 0...
Bajil, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ten year old Yemeni boy, storing qat at the streets.
He doesn't go to school.
Al Qat sellers give him some everyday for free.
His name is Ali.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (20 0...
Bajil, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ten year old Yemeni boy, storing qat at the streets.
He doesn't go to school.
Al Qat sellers give him some everyday for free.
His name is Ali.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (21 0...
Bajil, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ten year old Yemeni boy, storing qat at the streets.
He doesn't go to school.
Al Qat sellers give him some everyday for free.
His name is Ali.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (22 0...
Bajil, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ten year old Yemeni boy, storing qat at the streets.
He doesn't go to school.
Al Qat sellers give him some everyday for free.
His name is Ali.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (23 0...
Bajil, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ten year old Yemeni boy, storing qat at the streets.
He doesn't go to school.
Al Qat sellers give him some everyday for free.
His name is Ali.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (24 0...
Bajil, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ten year old Yemeni boy, storing qat at the streets.
He doesn't go to school.
Al Qat sellers give him some everyday for free.
His name is Ali.

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Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ahmad Issa, Qat seller.
Whom his son left the school to work with him .

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Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ahmad Issa, Qat seller.
whom his son left the school to work with him in selling Al Qat