Saturday, July 14, 2007

Drugs trafficking hits West Africa

It's no secret that failed states or countries with weak central authority are often havens for criminality, both internal and international. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, Guinea-Bissau has already become a haven for drug traffickers and risks becoming West Africa's first narco-state.

Since 1998, the country has suffered from coups, civil wars, military mutinies and general political instability.

The CFR reports: Western officials estimate $150 million of cocaine flows into Guinea-Bissau per month from Latin America, equal to the country’s annual gross domestic product.

According to the Voice of America, the United Nations' special representative for West Africa also cites Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso as other hubs for drugs' smugglers.

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