The growing use of the stimulant Khat is causing widespread social problems among Britain's East African community, according to a Sky News investigation.
Ten years ago an average of 10 tonnes of Khat were imported into the UK every year. That figure has now risen to 10,000 tonnes per year. The Khat plant is grown in Yemen, Somalia and Ethiopia. Users chew the leaves then swallow the juice, which contains an ingredient similar to amphetamine. Although banned in North America and most of Europe, Khat is legal in Britain and sold openly in corner shops.
After a few hours users become talkative and experience feelings of alertness, euphoria and excitement. But symptoms can include depression, lack of concentration and psychosis. Abukar Awale, a Somalian living in North London, claims he was addicted to Khat for seven years. He lost his confidence and self-esteem and became depressed and paranoid.
He told Sky News: "This drug is destroying the Somali community in Britain and should be made illegal." The government banned 'Meow Meow' within weeks. That was clear discrimination because it was white people taking it. "Last year there were 16 Khat-related deaths but you don't see that on the six o'clock news." The legality of Khat in Britain means London has become a hub for smugglers.
Skynews investigation (Video)
I think bahalkan sharrtiisa waa badatay, rag badan iyo (some) dumarna wey abuse gareeyeen, marka in laga mamnuuco wadamadan uu legel-ka kayahay haatan waxay ku dhaanto majirto (for the long as well as the short term betterment/success of our people throughout Europe or anywhere else for that matter) Therefore, i CANJEEX support the banning of this DAMN thing!