"Why didn't you come much earlier?" an old woman wailed at the police, berating them for not acting before work had gone into growing the crop. "Four of our donkeys died fetching water for these plants. And now you come and the harvest's all gone."
I'd be furious too if my donkeys died! Waaahhhh.... but to give the police credit, they did warn the villagers in June that it would not be tolerated this year.
I bet you didn't even know that Albania is such a major producer of drugs did you? But according to the article,
"Plenty of sun, water, poverty,anarchy and hard-to-reach hills turned post-communist Albania into one of the biggest exporters of cannabis in Europe."
It's a huge problem which the authorities have turned their backs on in the past, but now that the country is looking towards European Union membership they are making an attempt at being tougher on the things which the EU frowns upon.
Desperate, poor families in destitute villages will do anything to feed their children, even growing illegal drugs, according to the article. But I ask- if the conditions are good for growing marijuana, wouldn't they be good for growing vegetables and fruit? I think the villagers are not as desperate as they like us to think. Drug growing is a lucrative career, which brings in lots of cash, and that's what it's about. Money.