Heroin's Route Through Africa

Maritime routes along the East African coast have become central to the global heroin trade in recent years, enabled by a web of criminal players and political elites as European land routes become more difficult to bypass, according to new research. Drugs destined for the West make their way to Africa’s ‘southern route’ from Afghanistan. 

As the continent experiences the sharpest growth in heroin use worldwide, the heroin trade has become enmeshed in countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa. The findings counter the dominant, Europe-centric perspective of the heroin trade that “tends to downplay or even ignore” its toll on African transit countries, the authors write.

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