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The woman behind ‘Opium Nation’ story from Afghanistan

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Summary of story from France24 blog, December 21, 2011

As described by friend and award-winning international news reporter Leela Jacinto: Fariba Nawa, author of the newly released book, ‘Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan,’ is an audacious, Afghan-American journalist, who went through some dangerous experiences to get her story.

‘What makes Fariba’s book so gripping– and important’, says Ms Jacinto in her blog, ‘are the very real characters, the human stories in this business, including the people who are enriched by drugs as well as those ensnared by it.’

She added that Ms Nawa reported ‘sometimes undercover – across the country, including the southern Pashtun badlands, trying to interview drug lords, mules, lackeys and hostile Pashtun patriarchs in one of the world’s most hostile regions’.

Ms Nawa was born in Afghanistan and does speak excellent Dari.

Her book includes a real story about a feisty little Afghan girl who was bartered to be married to a man 34 years older than her as a payment for an opium debt.

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