Tuesday, February 16, 2010
ARLS Global Snapshot: Poverty muddies response to W. African drug trade
ABOVE PHOTO: A Kenyan detective checks a packet of cocaine on display as an exhibit before a court session in Kenya's capital Nairobi October 13, 2005. DAKAR (Reuters) - West African drug trafficking is having a "very significant" impact on the region's economies but local responses have been contradictory as the flow of money is seen as "better than nothing" by some, the United Nations said.
The world body estimates that $1 billion worth of cocaine, destined to Europe from Latin America, passed through West Africa in 2008. The figure is higher than or comparable to the gross domestic product of a handful of nations in the region.