Is Kenya now a "narco-state"?
For the April 13 Daily Nation ("Kenya's Premier Newspaper"), Mwende Mwinzi argues that Kenya is "fast becoming a narco state."
As a transit option to North America where airport security has tightened post 9/11, Kenya is a prime location for drug consumption and trafficking. We offer a large commercial seaport located in a thriving tourist market, have an aerial platform which lacks the security measures employed elsewhere such as hand searches of bags and X-ray machines and have a growing appetite for anything narcotic.
In a study undertaken by the Child Welfare Association, it was revealed that one in every 15 Kenyan students is on drugs and that 60 per cent of drug abusers are below 30 years of age. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has further revealed that, startlingly, half of abusers are between the age of 10 and 19 years. Though bhang is still the most abused (and produced) drug in Kenya, cocaine and "crack" cocaine usage is on the increase and no one is safe. While over 60 per cent of drug abusers are in urban areas, a good 21 per cent call a village home. Kenya is fast becoming a "narco state."
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