Women's Patrol in SW China Saves Villagers from Drug Problem

December 27, 2018
Editor: Xie Wen

A women's drug patrol on the border village of southwest China's Yunnan province has been fighting narcotics for the past 16 years, successfully saving the village from distress and lead locals to pursue a harmonious life.

Ka'nan is a village in Ruili City of the Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture at the China-Myanmar border area. Due to the easy access, the number of drug addicts rapidly increased in the 90s, which has broken the peaceful life of the villagers, and left the land barren.

In 2002, villager Pai Nanxiang organized a patrol of eight women. With their advantages of being familiar with local people, the local situation and language, they declared war against drug use.

After the establishment of the patrol, Pai took the lead in sending her two sons to a drug rehabilitation center.

Under the guidance of the frontier guards and soldiers, the patrol learned about drug-related knowledge and began to conduct a thorough investigations of drug abusers in the village while working at home and outside, to urge family members and villagers to quit.

In 2006, the patrol was awarded as a National Top 10 Newsmakers Promoting Rule of Law.

After her sons were discharged from the rehab center, Pai applied for a small loan and establish a pig farm with the help of the local police station. She also renovated her house and doubled her income.

With years of work, the patrol has achieved great progress and the number of team members increased to 15. Soon, they shifted focus to the economic development of the village.

They set up 12 breeding farms of chicken, pig, cattle and sheep; grew over 26 hectares of economic forests such as rubber and fruit trees; and, gradually formed a rural industrial structure combining breeding and planting.

Some villagers also opened agritainment facilities and small restaurants. Due to the positive social security environment and the special geographical location, several companies have already settled in the village, which has injected a strong impetus into the rapid development of the area.

With the help of local police, Pai also helped publicize knowledge on laws, growing and breeding by making full use of local facilities such as a legal night school and a bookstore during the slack season and in the evenings, which has improved people's cultural and legal literacy and their agricultural production skills.

In view of local women's weaving skills, the border police station proposed to help develop the ethnic costume processing and production this year, and explore direct sales through the internet.

(Source: Cyol.com/ Translated and edited by Women of China)

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