In 1999, the new york times described khat chewing in yemen as a national problem to be overcome, with the practice of chewing caricatured as a ghettoized drug of the thanks to judith farquhar susan gal and constantine nakassis for advice on earlier drafts of this essay a graduate fellowship, administered by. “qat is better than honey,” exclaimed abdullah al kholani, 60, with a grin “we would stop eating before we would stop chewing” al kholani was a squat man with a red-and-white kaffiyeh bundled at a jaunty angle atop his head he had deep-set eyes, a hawk nose, and a snaggletooth that extended over his lower lip. Abstract the chewing of khat leaves is an established tradition in east africa but is much less prevalent in other areas of the world and is mostly limited to somali communities however, our understanding of what constitutes problematic khat use in the somali community in victoria, australia, is limited. Yemenis' long-held fondness for chewing qat is doing real damage to a very poor country, reports ian black from sana'a. Grown in the surrounding highland towns, khat is picked at dawn from groves of the tall-growing catha edulis plant and by midday has found a buyer who that same afternoon will devote three to four hours to its mastication khat chewing is a practice that dates back thousands of years in the horn of africa and the arabian.
Qat, also known as khat (catha edulis), is a widely cultivated plant in yemen and is generally used for chewing when khat juice is swallowed it produces an amphetamine-like effect yemenis wear traditional costumes and chew the narcotic khat-plant in the afternoons chewing khat is also part of the yemeni business. Khat overview information khat is a plant the leaf and stem are used as a recreational drug and as medicine as a recreational drug, the leaves and stem are chewed by people in east africa and the arabian countries to elevate mood ( as a euphoriant) as a medicine, khat leaf is used for depression, fatigue, obesity,. A cross-sectional study was conducted on a sample of 1,255 university students in southern ethiopia data on khat chewing status, a range of oral symptoms and other pertinent variables were collected using self-administered questionnaires the association between long-term regular khat chewing and. Chewing qat in yemen is an everyday activity and for travelers, there's little option but to join in and chew as well and this is what happens.
The leafy plant khat, which acts as a stimulant when chewed, is about to become a banned class c drug in the uk but how big a problem is it and why are ministers making it illegal. This study focuses on the khat phenomenon by analyzing experiences and the thinking of learned ethiopians towards this substance using a phenomenographic method the educated bracket of ethiopian society is exposed to chewing during the high school and university years a significant number of them engage in.
Khat use was reported to be common among the somali community, and more common among men than women khat was usually chewed in prolonged sessions, producing mild psychostimulant effects such as increased energy, enhanced mood, reduced appetite and reduced sleep khat was widely perceived to be a. The most basic rule of thumb in yemen: you will chew qat no matter how many times you say 'no', you will undoubtedly find yourself stuffed off a massive plate of chicken and rice in the heat of the day, then led through a busy market of qat sellers, being told to simply 'try' out today's leaves qat is commonly.