Aden Places Third in Number of Addicts in Yemen

By NY Staff

Around the world, drugs are usually used confidentially. However, in Aden it is about to be used in public.

The Director of the Department of Social Defense in the Ministry of Social Affairs stated that Aden has placed third in the number of addicts in Yemen.

Drug addiction has become a sociological phenomenon. This is reflected in all aspects of life. For example, people are ignoring the government decision on subsidies, which was approved recently, even though it added new burdens for citizens.

The negligence of the state as well as the participation of some responsible parties in the drug trade have contributed to the phenomenon spreading.

The role of the media should be trying to resolve the problem from its roots, but It only spreads slogans. However, this report reveals facts about the drug trade in Aden by talking with two drug traders and others involved in the issue.

The Director of Education in Khormaksar, Mohammed Fadel, said that drug pills have became more available than food grains. “You just need to sit with a group of youths and they will offer you the drug,” he added.

In the center of the Sheikh Othman Directorate, one of the most popular and crowded areas in Aden, two young men narrated their adventures with the drug trade.

The first is Marwan. He spoke in details about the reasons that turned him from a drug addict to a drug dealer.

Years ago, Marwan was imprisoned on the charge of drug abuse. After he came out of prison, he became more addicted. “To become an addicted person, you need two things, poverty and free time. Unfortunately, this what most youths have in Cairo and Sheikh Othman,” he added.

Marwan is the son of a poor and uneducated father. He didn’t finish school and now he is unemployed. “When you are hungry and without a job, you will not refuse an easy job with a good salary like this,” he said.

Marwan emphasized that drug dealing isn’t a dangerous job. Political and national security personnel mange the process of importing drugs from the sea. Most are imported from Afghanistan and are two types, wet and harsh, and another type for rich people.

After that, they distribute the drug in many neighborhoods in Cairo, Mualla, Khormaksar and Kareeter areas. “I earn at least three thousand riyals a day. In case I am arrested, I pay money to the police station then I come out easily from prison. Therefore, I preferred to be a drug dealer,” he said.

Marwan informed us that if he finds a job with a good salary, he would stop this job.

Its not only Marwan who understands his sins and continues his work, but also the health sectors, which are considered responsible for people’s lives, are trading the drug.

In the Omar al-Mokatar area, some addicts stated that they were getting the drug from the hospitals in the area.

Ahmed is another drug trader. He is married but still lives with his parents. From the early morning, he takes his bag, which is filled with six kg of hashish, and moves from neighborhood to neighborhood to distribute the goods.

Police officers were spread everywhere, but Ahmed carried out his job confidently. When he asked about the source of his courage, he said that if he is arrested by policemen, he will give them the half of the hashish or money and they will let him go with a big kiss.

“The Mafia, which manages the drug trade, emerges from the womb of the state, so there is no need to fear,” he added.

In fact, there are many stories revealing the involvement of officers in drug trade. After long thinking, Akram, a friend of Ahmed, spoke about his experience with one of the officers. “The officer is my neighbor. He borrowed my taxi to use it in distributing drugs, and in return he gives me 5,000 YR every day and protects me from any problems,” stated Akram.

However, the agreement was broken when the officer had an accident with the car. “When I asked him to fix it he hit me and threatened to imprison me,” said Akram.

Non-application of the law is the main reason that makes Marwan, Ahmed, and many other people work in the trade drug.

Recently, accidents resulting from drug abuse have been increasing every day. The last one was at a wedding when a person who was under the influence of the drugs, killed four people.

According to the Advisor for Development, Golala Rohani, who recently worked with community awareness projects on drugs in Yemen, drug abuse is a big problem in Yemen and has become a bigger problem since 2011, especially with the spread of synthetic drugs because they are more available and cheaper.