Extracting venom from snakes, scorpions and other venomous animals has become a lucrative business. The number of companies producing venom for antidotes has dropped and the demand has risen, according to market research groups. Two businessmen in Herat, Afghanistan, have opened a venom extraction laboratory in a nation that is home to 27 species of snakes and an unknown number of scorpion species. Khalil Noorzai has more in this report narrated by Bezhan Hamdard.
As winter sets in, the United Nations Refugee agency plans to distribute aid to more than 2,700 needy families and internally displaced people or I-D-P's in the western Afghan province of Herat. Many of the displaced come from nearby Afghan provinces, where ongoing fighting and insecurity have made it impossible to remain in their homes. Khalil Noorzaie reports on their plight from a camp in Herat city.