'I carry yaba to survive': Rohingya and Bangladesh's meth trade

'I carry yaba to survive': Rohingya and Bangladesh's meth trade

Aljazeera |
August 20, 2018

Some Rohingya men are increasingly getting involved in peddling yaba, a popular methamphetamine in Bangladesh.

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - Bangladesh has for years struggled to cope with a surging drug epidemic, at the heart of which is a wildly popular meth pill smuggled into the country from neighbouring Myanmar.

Known as Yaba, or "crazy medicine" in Thai, the highly-addictive stimulant is a mix of methamphetamine and caffeine that usually comes in the form of colourful, candy-like tablets.

Use of the drug has risen at an alarming rate, with authorities struggling to stem the flow of tens of millions of pills pouring in from Myanmar - where they're manufactured - and ripping through Bangladesh's cities and villages.

The illicit trade has long relied on drug trafficking cartels smuggling yaba across the border - and more recently, men living in the Bangladesh camps hosting vulnerable Rohingya refugees have also been recruited as drug mules.

Credit by- Aljazeera

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