Ooit stonden de velden rondom het Afghaanse dorpje Vijfhuizen vol met opiumplanten. Tot zo ver het oog reikte, zag je het gewas staan. Maar die tijden zijn voorbij in Vijfhuizen, oftewel Pucha Kala. De gouverneur van de provincie Nangahar waar dit dorpje ligt, heeft korte metten gemaakt met de productie van de drugs.
The fight against worldwide drugs trafficking is a major challenge for the international community. Drugs trafficking brings democracies to their knees, and destabilises not only countries, but whole regions.
Olivier Hoedeman (Dutch/Danish, MA Political Science), is the research and campaign co-ordinator at Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), a Brussels-based civil society group targeting the threats to democracy, equity, social justice and the environment posed by the economic and political power of corporations and their lobby groups. CEO co-organises the water project with TNI.
Kevin Smith worked with the environmental justice project at TNI since 2005, although he was more informally involved since it started out as Carbon Trade Watch in 2002. He has a degree in Human Sciences. He used to be the editor of the Green Pepper magazine and in 2003 he helped to establish Escanda, a residential project in Northern Spain that combines sustainable living with political...