When will Somalis do the same and leave behind this cursed drug?
https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2018/01/04/the-drug-that-is-starving-yemenI though the famine came from the war over there, but it's from khat?
The weed is Yemen’s most popular drug: 90% of men and over a third of women habitually chew its leaves, storing the masticated greenery in their cheek until the narcotic seeps into their bloodstream. In the past Yemenis might indulge once a week and the practice was largely confined to the north-west mountains, where qat grows. But following unification in 1990 it spread south. Now qat markets bustle all over the country.
Men spend far more feeding their addiction than their families: sometimes $800 a month. Rather than searching for weapons and other contraband, soldiers extort bribes at checkpoints to pay for their habit, jacking up transport costs. And while the country runs out of basics, such as wheat, its best farmland is devoted to producing the crop, which is more lucrative. Cultivation of qat is said to be increasing by 12% a year.
Officials refer to it as Yemen’s Viagra and encourage its use. Taher Ali al-Auqaili, the army’s chief of staff, says it is “our whisky” and claims it gives his men strength to fight. Both sides feed it to their child soldiers.
Recent data are scarce, but back in 2000 the World Bank estimated that qat accounted for 30% of Yemen’s economy. Even the hungry cite an advantage: the drug suppresses their appetite.
I heard they used all of their water on irrigation for khat. That's why they're having a famine now. They're 34 levels worse than us.