Nigerian drug lords in UK prisons, khat-chewing Somali pirates hijacking Western ships, crystal meth-smoking gangs controlling South Africa's streets, and narco-traffickers corrupting the state in Guinea-Bissau: these are some of the vivid images surrounding drugs in Africa which have alarmed policymakers, academics and the general public in recent years. In this revealing and original book, the authors weave these aspects into a provocative argument about Africa's role in the global trade and control of drugs. In doing so, they show how foreign-inspired policies have failed to help African drug users but have strengthened the role of corrupt and brutal law enforcement officers, who are tasked with halting the export of heroin and cocaine to European and American consumer markets.
A vital book on an overlooked front of the so-called war on drugs.
Neil Carrier is a departmental lecturer in African anthropology based at the African Studies Centre, Oxford. Gernot Klantschnig is a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York.
Introduction 1. Africa's drug habit 2. Drugs and development: a new threat or opportunity? 3. Drug barons, traffickers and mules: Africa as entrepot 4. African states and drugs: complicity, neglect and repression Conclusion: alternatives to the drug war?