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Herbal High - UK bans Khat
Eastleigh, Nairobi
By Celeste Hibbert
04 Jul 2013

In the UK, 90,000 people in the UK from east African and Yemeni communities chew khat. But on July 3, the UK banned the stimulant. Most of the khat comes from Kenya for £50 per box and now with the new ban, many local communities are worried about their livelihood.

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Herbal High
Nairobi, Kenya
By U.S. Editor
12 May 2013

Khat, a stimulant similar to the coca leaf in South America, is heavily distributed within Nairobi, the largest city and capital of Kenya. It is cultivated in Meru and arrives in Eastleigh, a suburb of Naroibi, at 2 pm everyday. Khat is pre-ordered and bundled with the customer's name written on each sack, which local vendors then collect and sell to local chewers. Local khat vendors come to Eastleigh to sell the stimulant to Somalis who make up most of their customer base. Since it's an important cash crop for Kenyans and Ethiopians, Khat is a thriving business. It is now Ethiopia's second largest export behind coffee. Though khat has been banned by the US and other European countries, it remains legal in the UK and is shipped to the UK four days a week from Kenya.

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Herbal High (9 of 18)
Eastleigh Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
11 Mar 2013

Sacks of khat arrive to Eastleigh at 2pm on a daily basis. The shrub and is ordered and bundled with the customer's name written on their sack. Local vendors then collect their parcels and sell them to local chewers. Khat is a a leafy stimulant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. In these areas, khat chewing has a long history as a social custom dating back thousands of years. Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. March, 2013.

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Herbal High (8 of 18)
Eastleigh Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
11 Mar 2013

A group of men deliver preordered parcels of khat in Eastleigh daily. Khat is a a leafy stimulant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. In these areas, khat chewing has a long history as a social custom dating back thousands of years. Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. March, 2013.

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Herbal High (10 of 18)
Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
10 Mar 2013

Khat is sold for relatively cheap prices. One bunch of the best quality khat which is often shared between two people costs $40. A bag of just the leaves can be as cheap as $1 a bag. Sacks of khat arrive to Eastleigh at 2pm on a daily basis. The shrub and is ordered and bundled with the customer's name written on their sack. Local vendors then collect their parcels and sell them to local chewers. Khat is a a leafy stimulant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. In these areas, khat chewing has a long history as a social custom dating back thousands of years. Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. March, 2013.

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Herbal High (11 of 18)
Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
17 Jun 2011

Eastleigh is a densely populated Somali neighbourhood in Nairobi, Kenya. It is an economic hub for cheap goods and rumored to be a safe haven for militia group Al Shabaab, whose activities have been funded by the khat trade. Khat is a a leafy stimulant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. In these areas, khat chewing has a long history as a social custom dating back thousands of years. Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. June, 2011.