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“It’s not easy for parents to accept their child’s advice because their life depends on khat,” he adds.

Abba Wube watches the girls play near the volleyball court. He has

also suffered from the effects of khat. He never chewed, but his father was a habitual consumer. As a result, he ate almost nothing and lost weight. He passed away a few years ago.

For Abba Wube, it is important to teach them about the dangers of khat — to do everything they can, with what little resources they have, to reduce consumption, open minds and, hopefully, save lives.

“I tell them about my experience,” he says. “We are trying to save our daughters from this.”

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Emeline Wuilbercq is a French journalist based in Addis Ababa, where she serves as a correspondent for the African edition of Le Monde. Her work has appeared in Jeune Afrique and The Guardian, among other publications.



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