Wednesday, September 13, 2006


There is a fascinating clip on You Tube showing the production of cocaine from stripping the leaves to the final powder form. The final product, it is said, sells for $800 per kilo, a sum that grows to £50,000 on the streets of London.

The photographer (who appears to be English) must have run a considerable risk in going into the Colombian jungle. I hope that his film gets wider circulation.

Later: The clip has been taken down from You Tube, but as I had hoped the film did get a wider audience. It won the Editors' Choice on Newsnight, and the programme showed a 10-minute version of it in January.

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