- September 28, 2000 at 12:00 am #10810
Can anyone tell me about the practice of chewing qat (a mild narcotic) in Yemen? I’ve heard this is done only in Yemen. Please tell me about the history, cultural signifigance and actual experience of this activity.
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Our local paper (Minneapolis) had an article on qat chewing. It was about Somali immigrants living in Minneapolis who continue to chew khat – which apparently has a stimulant effect – even though it is illegal. The article made it sound like qat is addictive and that it’s a big problem in the Minneapolis Somali community.
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When I read your question, it triggered memory of having read some information of the same topic many months ago. I looked it up again – and found this site: http://www.american.edu/projects/mandala/TED/QAT.HTM
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There was a very interesting article in National Geographic a couple of months ago about Yemen and it talked about how the Yemen culture revolves around Qat. I think that it said 1/3 of their gross domestic product comes from Qat production. Qat is illegal in the U.S. but it can easily be found in cities where a Yemenite population resides. It is legal in Britain, though. It is not only used in Yemen; it is used throughout the Muslim world. You can always tell who uses Qat because they tend to look very tired, since Qat is a stimulant.
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