Khat is Worth Millions to Traders - and Ethiopia

Located a few kilometres from the sacred Muslim city of Harar, Awoday is the world's biggest market for khat, an amphetamine-like leaf that is said to enhance concentration and reduce tiredness while producing euphoria. Deutsche Welle's Maria Gerth-Niculescu explores the importance of the trade for Ethiopia.

Khat generates so much money in Ethiopia that the government seems loath to fight its use and sale.

Activity around the khat business peaks during the night.

Khat leaves in the foreground, a blurred khat worker in the background.


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