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Herbal High (4 of 18)
Eastleigh Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
12 May 2013

Known as "Little Mogadishu", Eastleigh is a Somali residential area in Nairobi. It is characterized by treacherous roads, sporadic grenade explosions and cheap goods.

For one bunch of the best quality khat is $40 which is often shared between two people. Although for a bag of just the leaves, it can be as cheap as $1 a bag.

Local khat vendors come to Eastleigh to sell the stimulant as Somalis are their biggest customers. “I live outside, not here. Khat is more of a Somali thing, but I have to chew to show people it is not a bad thing,” says a local Kenyan trader.

Khat is also distributed within Nairobi. It is farmed in Meru and arrives in Eastleigh at 2pm everyday. It is preordered and bundled with the customers name written on their sack. Local vendors then collect their parcels and sell to local chewers.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) in the UK reports that more than 2,500 tonnes, worth about £13.8m, was imported by the UK in 2011/12, bringing in £2.8m of tax revenues. Khat is still legal in the UK, even though it has been banned by the US and other European countries. Khat is shipped to the UK four days a week from Kenya.

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man walking through market
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Nov 2012

Man walking past an empty market in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya.

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people crossing street after floods
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Nov 2012

People crossin a flooded street in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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people going to work
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Nov 2012

Main street early morning with people on the way to work in Eastliegh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi

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man and woman walking by
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
16 Nov 2012

Man and women passing each other on side street in Eastliegh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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women walking through market
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
16 Nov 2012

Women walking through the market an early morning in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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houses
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
15 Nov 2012

View of houses in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalia part of Nairobi.