When drugs buy out a nation

It is one of the poorest countries in Africa, undermined by ongoing coups and rampant corruption, ruled by soldiers and crushed by the traffic of cocaine from South America. It is Guinea-Bissau, a small state in West Africa, which not even the international community knows how to help.

Here’s the thing about cocaine in Guinea-Bissau: you don’t see it, notice or even hear talk of it. The white powder seems to be taboo here, an abstract thing. Yet in this small West African country – ranked 176th out of 187 in the United Nations Human Development Index – cocaine commands and rules.

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