Opium farmer's earnings in Afghanistan

A worker harvesting opium in Afghanistan is able to earn $12 a day, compared to $2 a day for harvesting wheat. Reporter Elizabeth Rubin, writing for the New York Times Magazine, reported that certain schools in Afghanistan are closed in part “because teachers and students were busy harvesting the crop”.

Source:  Elizabeth Rubin, “In the Land of the Taliban,” New York Times Magazine, October 22, 2006.

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