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Somali Islamists gone, so ‘khat’ is back

Perhaps the most telling sign of Somalia's remarkable power shift is the rapid return to Mogadishu's streets of the leafy twigs known as 'khat'.

Traditionally chewed by most Somali men, but outlawed since June by Islamic courts, the mild stimulant reappeared within hours of Mogadishu's recapture by government forces last week.

Middle East Online reports.

Posted by Cynthia on January 4, 2007 at 12:17 PM in Khat, Religion, Somalia | Permalink