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The 9th Witch
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Sun Jul 21 06:59:19 EST 2002
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> You and your ilk don't impress me much.
> You shouldn't talk too much............Nigger.
> How humiliating to be confronted with this, using bat-turds for fun and
> pleasure, ROFLWAO !!!
How did you get into Mensa? Admit it, you paid somebody to take the test for
you. Most Mensans cam tell the difference between a mammal and a reptile.
End statement, no need to scroll.
> Wednesday, 17 July, 2002, 09:05 GMT 10:05 UK
> Nigerians get high on lizard droppings
> A cheaper way to escape from the realities of life
> By Dan Isaacs
> BBC, Kano
> Three men sit on the ground inside a house.
> Beside them is a bowl containing a bright blue liquid.
> The lizard dung is the most important part of the mixture
> Scattered around are various ingredients that go into the mixture:
> Clothing dye powder, medicinal herbs and seeds and most bizarre of
> all, lizard droppings.
> In a nutshell, this is the source of the new "high" sweeping northern
> More often the problems of drug addiction are associated with inner
> cities in the industrialised world.
> But in the northern city of Kano, there is now an alarming increase in
> the use of cheap household chemical products and other cheap but
> highly toxic ways to get "high".
> Nigerians are looking for thrills in strange places
> "The lizard dung is the most important part of the mixture," one of
> the men tells me.
> "We take a bowl, and start by adding blue dye powder to some water.
> "Then we take the seeds from this fruit - called Zaqami. It's a
> powerful medicine.
> "Next we take the white part of the lizard dung and crumble it into
> the water. There are other things we can add as well, but this is ok.
> "It's ready to drink now."
> As the three men talk to me, they pass the bowl of blue liquid between
> them, drinking it, then chasing the mixture down with handful of
> They tell me it helps the overall effect - like drinking strong whisky
> on a very hot day.
> The effects will then have to be slept off in the afternoon.
> This is a social problem as much as it is a medical one.
> Kano is a large sprawling city with very high levels of poverty and
> Smoking away everyday miseries
> And drug taking is a way to escape from the hard realities of life,
> even if only for a short while.
> Mansur Kabir is the minister of health in Kano state and his ministry
> has been monitoring this dangerous trend among drug users in Nigeria.
> "There's a big difference between the drug-taking in Nigeria and the
> one in Europe.
> "The expensive ones like cocaine and other dangerous drugs are not
> available here because of their expense.
> "So these young people tend to resort to cheap drugs - to drinking
> excreta from animals, from dye products, things that one can never
> "They are potentially very dangerous to young people."
> Mr Kabir fears that the problem may not go away soon.
> Many Nigerians turn to drugs because of poverty and unemployment
> "It has become a problem particularly within the last two to three
> years - and it seems to be coinciding with increasing poverty and
> decreased opportunities for employment.
> "There is also a very high migration from rural to the urban areas."
> This a pattern repeated in urban areas across Nigeria.
> There is an army of underemployed youths - all hungry, many on drugs
> and in need of money.
> They are available for hire to politicians fighting election campaigns
> - a recipe for instability.
> Musa Sa'ad Mohammed, a health official in Kano, says he is very much
> concerned about the potential for further violence in a city that has
> seen more than its fair share of civil unrest over the years.
> "There are lots of people with lots of energy, lots of ideas and lots
> of potentials but cannot find work.
> "Eventually what you find is a whole army of youth that are made to
> use their energies and resources and capabilities negatively."
> Vicious circle
> My drug taking friends round off their day smoking joints of marijuana
> laced with lizard dung.
> They tell me that what they are doing is part of the everyday lives of
> an increasing number of young men.
> Lizard droppings are a cheap alternative to cocaine
> "It's really widespread," one of them tells me.
> "You see people at the weekly markets, sitting under a tree and mixing
> these drugs.
> "But you can't make a living, hold a job down, when you're under the
> influence of these drugs all day."
> His friend agrees:
> "I know all these drugs are not good for me.
> "Now that I'm married and have children, I've tried to stop.
> "Look at me, I look old ahead of my time and I've been spending all my
> money to buy these drugs."
> This is not a problem that is being seriously addressed by health
> officials in Nigeria.
> They say fighting hunger and disease are a more important use of
> scarce resources.
> But it is nonetheless a serious and growing problem.
> And one that has consequences both for the economy and social
> stability across the country.
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