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An addict killed by electric fence

It is quite common to go some lengths to satisfy our cravings but a man in Hararge paid the highest price for his “chat” addiction.(Chat is a mild narcotic consumed in many parts of Ethiopia.)

Police ena ermijaw in its latest issue reported that the unnamed man was found dead while trying to jump an electric fence in Aweday, a small town in Eastern Hararge. He was carrying a bundle of “chat” leaves that he pinched from a farm.

A post mortem investigation showed that the man was electrocuted.

It appeared that a “Chat” farmer in Aweday had installed an electric wire to deter people stealing from his farm. The farmer later told police that he was infuriated by the repeated theft from his farm.

Setting up electric fence is illegal in Ethiopia and the farmer is in custody waiting for a sentence.

Aweday has a reputation for producing one of the best “Chat” in the country.

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  1. Abush
    November 28, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    ‘Nefsun yimarew’
    I’m sorry for sayin this but I laughed after I finished reading! I know that Khat is very addictive and something must be done as soon as possible to stop young people from using it. The government is doing absolutely nothing to prevent the crisis. It is too much to explain the damage that Khat is causing to our country! Ere ande belu… this is just the beginning. Imagine what is going to happen next?

  2. November 29, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    This are the Meles Zenawy`s words in the last congress of his party:

    “We can’t stop the spread of khat with deployment of law enforcement; it can only be replaced with coffee and Berbere (chilly). In the meantime, it generates for us foreign currency amounting to 100 million dollars.”

  3. Hayat
    November 30, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Why Meles says what he says is clear.He himself is a big khat addict.

  4. xendu
    December 1, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Some people really ought to look again at the money involved in khat trade… and how about considering the impossible task of brushing aside a long standing tradition of CHat use among several ethnic groups in the country?! Getting rid of CHat? From Ethiopia?! I don’t see that happening anytime soon (or at all)

    Even efforts to control it are doomed to fail. The banning of ‘meQamia betoch’ isn’t something sustainable in the current atmosphere across cities in the country.
    And pretty soon as the jobless youth start to multiply even faster, the government will see the benefit of meQamia betoch…. LOL… CHat has an effect of neutralizing feelings of discontent (which could turn to rebellion). The ideal mass tranquilizer for the most threatening demographic group – young men!

    The way I see it, a calm, grounded awareness campaign to inform and warn people about the potential damage to social relationships/workplace behaviour/personal finances etc. is the only way to go for the time being.

    TaTachin bizatu… even without the fast spread of CHat use (which is now said to have ‘inflitrated’ communities all the way to the north), the nation’s productivity was quite low… I wonder if this plant will have an observable effect nationwide in a couple of decades at the current rate of use.

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