Qat is a green leafy plant containing an amphetamine-like stimulant, classified by the World Health Organization as a drug of abuse. It is chewed by the majority of Yemeni men and women for hours, almost daily. Sadly sometimes even children chew it. It is an addictive social habit and a rather expensive one considering that 45 per cent of the population live below the poverty line.
“Yemen: January 12, A Day Without Qat”, January 12, 2012, by Noon Arabia on Global Voices.
Image from Fawzi Yahya.