Kazakhstan: Trying to Tame the White Horse

Ninety metric tons of Afghan heroin, Kazakhstan's drug of choice, transits through the country each year. (Photo: US Air Force/TSgt Laura K. Smith)

In a nondescript office in Kazakhstan’s commercial capital, Almaty, a group of men and women observed a minute’s silence one day recently. They were told to focus their thoughts on a person “whose life is dependent on drugs” -- a subject with which they could empathize.

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Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan: Trying to Tame the White Horse

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