n Without Prejudice - From my window

Volume 10, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



The rhino horn is commonly associated with the Asian belief that, taken as a medicine, it is a powerful aphrodisiac. In some societies it was also believed to possess magical powers which would render some poisons harmless. But the astonishing recent increase in its value apparently has its roots in the price of oil and the Middle Eastern craze for elaborately carved rhino horn dagger handles. This probably explains why it is that Yemen, a country racked by civil war and endemic instability, is now thought to be the world's largest importer of rhino horn.

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