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The curse of qat (Community).

I read with interest that Yemenis in your country are so very fond of chewing qat and consequently, neglect their important business and family affairs.

I saw a picture entitled, "Chinese Opium Smokers," attached here for your readers. As I am a British citizen of ethnic Chinese origin, the recent opening of the Beijing Olympic Games and my memories of this picture add poignant meaning to one's national self-respect.

The Chinese were poisoned and many undoubtedly had to accept that they themselves were responsible for this self-poisoning. I'd hate to see your people and your nation suffer the same way China and the Chinese did, as it took more than 100 years to recover.

I hope that with appropriate measures by your nation's leaders, including raising awareness about the various harms to qat users, you can avoid lasting damage....

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Publication:Yemen Times (Sana'a, Yemen)
Date:Feb 8, 2009
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