A “dramatic” drop in opium cultivation in Burma has underscored a regional boom in demand for illegal synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine, which many Asian countries are struggling to combat.
Olive Yang, the crossdressing royal-turned-warlord, died on Thursday. She was 90.
At a remote farm about two hours away from Loikaw, capital of Karenni State, farmers scrape out raw opium from the poppies they’ve grown.
Opium production, long a problem in Kachin and Shan states, is now appearing in parts of Chin State affected by conflict on the Indian border.
The Kachin State based anti-narcotics vigilante group Pat Ja San began destroying poppy fields in eastern Myitkyina district on Tuesday, with the protection of a security detail.
Tensions are high in Kachin state as members of anti-drug vigilante group Pat Ja San faced off with local opium farmers on Monday.