Starting afresh in Myanmar - from opium plants to coffee shrubs

A woman looking after coffee seedlings at a nursery in her village, in Hopong township of Shan state, Myanmar.
A woman looking after coffee seedlings at a nursery in her village, in Hopong township of Shan state, Myanmar. PHOTO: TAN HUI YEE

HOPONG (SHAN STATE), MYANMAR - Ms Aye Khin Mya, 34, beams with pride at the shiny row of coffee shrubs that replaced her opium plants four years ago.

Like many of her neighbours in the remote village in Hopong township, Shan state, she had grown the plants producing opium, the main ingredient for heroin, for quick cash, since young.

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