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Female coders in Afghanistan created a video game to combat drugs



A group of female coders in Herat, Afghanistan have created a video game that's meant to help combat drugs in the war-torn country.

Afghanistan is the world's top cultivator of the poppy, which is used to produce heroin and opium.

The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime estimates that Afghanistan produced 9,000 tons of opium in 2017, which is an 87 percent increase from the estimated 4,8000 tons it produced in 2016.

The video game, titled "Fight against Opium," is based on the real-life challenges Khatera Mohammadi's brother faces as a soldier who works in the poppy fields.

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Mohammadi is a student at the Code to Inspire training center, which teaches women at both the high school and university level to create their own websites, apps and games.

The 20-year-old said her brother often encounters many of the obstacles she and her colleagues included in the game.

For instance, in the game an Afghan solider encounters land mines, drug traffickers and hidden heroin labs while trying to clear out drugs in the Helmand province.

The Helmand and Kandahar provinces, which are located in the southern portion of the country, are where most of the poppy fields are located. The UN estimates that in 2017 Helmand had nearly 36,000 acres of opium poppy cultivation and Kandahar had nearly 7,000 acres.

Herat, on the other hand, lies along a route used to smuggle drugs into Iran.

Mohammadi said she hopes poppy will one day be replaced with another crop. That's why, in the game, she has the soldiers encourage local farmers to cultivate saffron crocus instead of poppy.

Beyond raising awareness about the country's battle against drugs, the women are also breaking down barriers in a male-dominated industry.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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