Sunday, November 28, 2010
Afghanistan's Opium Trail - 43-min documentary
Over 90% of the world's opium now comes from Afghanistan. In this shocking new film, we ride the drugs caravan, from cultivation, to process, to market. On route, we lift the curtain on the hidden world of the drug barons; learn how to process heroin in the crudest of laboratories and encounter deadly gunfights on the Iranian border...
Crouching behind rocks in the mountain passes between Iran and Afghanistan, Iranian guards prepare an ambush. As opium smugglers come into view, the guards open fire. One trafficker falls to the ground immediately, killed by their first shot. But the others fight back until police reinforcements arrive, wielding large machine guns.
Shoot outs like this happen every day. Over 200 Iranian guards are killed a year patrolling the Afghan border. "Drugs production has increased tenfold in Afghanistan", laments Captain Miri. So much opium is flooding across the border, anti-drug units now calculate the value of their hauls in tonnes rather than kilos.
Posted by Robert Lewis and Jennifer Hodson