Oh my goodness…just read this story. Just after I got over the idea of the tragedy of adults in Muslim/Arab countries doing drugs on a more widespread scale, here is an article about parents in the alleged Muslim world feeding their kids opium, so that a mother can have “time to tend to the housework and care for her other” children. It is absolutely horrific how people feeding their own children opium can be so blase about it. How can they not know this is going to cause long-term damage? They have to know its harmful; why else would they deny knowing where they got it from?
Although the area is renowned for its cultivation of opium, Bolde’s brother-in-law Abdul Karim pleads ignorance when asked where the drugs given to Kheyamadin come from.
Feeding small children opium is a practice which stems back centuries in Afghanistan […]
“Whenever babies cry, we feed them opium, it’s usual, just to make them calm and quiet. If you give it too often you get bad side effects like vomiting,” says Abdul, a 46-year-old farmer who seems oblivious to the fact that feeding children opium could cause long-term harm.
And its apparently an age-old practice. Another case of culture triumphing over knowledge and good sense. 😥 May Allah protect us all from all that is harmful and unIslamic, Ameen!
In other Afghanistan/drug-related news: the Afghan economy must be booming, what with the opium crop hitting record highs. (Pun not intended.) They drug themselves, is it any wonder they are going to push it to the rest of the world? This is absolutely ridiculous!