Soldiers cut opium poppies as they destroy a field of illegal plantation in the Sierra Madre del Sur, in the southern state of Guerrero, Mexico. The area of Mexico that illegally farms opium poppies grew by more than one-fifth last year, to an area of 30,600 hectares, according to a UN-backed study published in November.
In a hut on the top of mountain in northern Laos, Vo Pali gets high on opium, a sap extracted from poppies grown illegally by the poor hill tribes. “It has damaged my life. I have no income. But I get sick without it,” the 60-year-old ethnic Hmong villager said in a barely audible rasp of his 30-year habit. The Hmong have grown and smoked opium as a medicine -- and as recreation -- for generations.
New Book traces the history of Indians in Shanghai. The number of Indians living in Shanghai was possibly at its peak in 1936, at around 3,000. They were a mix of burly Sikh policemen and busy businessmen mostly from the Sindhi, Parsi and Bohra comm... read more
Afghan men fill a plastic bag with rose petals in the Dara-i-Noor district of Nangarhar province. The sweet smelling crop is providing farmers in Nangarhar province with a viable alternative to growing opium poppies, the sale of which has fuelled the conflict raging across the country. The carefully plucked petals are turned into rose water and oils for sale around the world.