According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 2014 Global Trends Report, there are over 50 million refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced people worldwide. Psychologists and development experts continue to warn that a lack of education, employment, and basic necessities drives corruption and crime within the refugee camps. Slavery, prostitution, drug abuse, and black market economics fuel the hopelessness and resentment that steer so many towards opium harvesting, millitant indoctrination, and terrorism. This global impact reaches our own streets as social deterioration in the form of violent crime, hard-core drug addiction, and prostitution, which is taking its toll in cities across our nation.
For nearly 40 years the people of Afghanistan have suffered unspeakable hardships, having witnessed the destruction of their homes and livelihoods, the injury and death of family members, and the forced migration to countries of refuge where they suffer from lack of food and basic necessities.
Ahimsa in Action: Investigating A Global Crisis of Degradation
In the US, and across the globe, a growing phenomenon of social and ethical deterioration victimizes the young,
the poor, the refugees of war, and the elderly. In 1999 and 2000, Ahimsa sent a documentary film crew to investigate
the international workings of this voracious trend.
In 2001 Ahimsa produced a pilot documentary film on the suffering of children in Pakistan's red-light districts and refugee camps, The Silent Cry: A War on Innocence, narrated by Mr. Martin Sheen.
Over a period of four years of travel across America, Asia, and the Middle East, we discovered, behind swarming and endless black-market trades, a deep reliance upon the global drug trade which, in turn, relies upon a steady supply of new and ever younger addicts in the United States, Europe, and other affluent countries.
The increasing demand for hard drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, drives the machinery for endless child exploitation and slave labor in countries producing the drugs. Our work represents only a glimpse, a single facet, of the horrendous suffering and defilement of entire cultures and communities exploited by the booming global black-market and drug trade.
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