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Yemen is mostly in the news these days for its political transition. This has obscured a longstanding issue, the chewing of qat, which has equally important consequences for the country.
Qat is a mild narcotic leaf popular in Yemen and the Horn of Africa. Excessive qat-chewing has disastrous impacts on health, education, and productivity. We illustrated this for Yemen in a report we prepared in 2007 (see here). The situation today is probably just as bad, if not worse.