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Homeless heroin addicts in Afghanistan rounded up and forced into rehab by the Taliban

After coming to power in Afghanistan, the Taliban vowed to crack down on widespread drug addiction in the country.

The militant group has been conducting raids in Kabul to find and detain homeless men, often living under bridges, addicted to locally produced heroin and methamphetamine.

The Associated Press captured astonishing photos of one raid from earlier this week, where nearly 150 heroin addicts were rounded up, beaten, and forced into a rehab treatment center.

Heroin addicts in Kabul were rounded up by the Taliban and taken to a treatment center.

Homeless heroin users were rounded up by Taliban fighters and taken to the Avicenna Medical Hospital for Drug Treatment on the outskirts of Kabul.

The hospital was once Camp Phoenix, a military base established by the US army in 2003, but is now a drug treatment center that can accommodate 1,000 people.

The Taliban arrested heroin addicts in Kabul and burned all of their belongings in a pile.

The Taliban arrested most of the men under a bridge in Kabul's Guzargah district before taking them to the district police station.

The militants burned all of the addicts' possessions in a pile, including drugs, wallets, knives, rings, lighters, a juice box.

Most of the addicts' families don't know where they are, AP said.

The addicts were stripped and had their heads and face shaved.

"These people are basically being kidnapped for three months and locked up," Mat Southwell, a British technical adviser for drug harm reduction NGOs in Afghanistan who has previously visited Avicenna, told VICE World News.

"They will receive very little medical treatment, and their needs will not be addressed. Once released, they will just start using drugs again."

A drug user detained during a Taliban raid has his face shaved.

The Taliban has a history of intolerance towards drug users, saying that it is strictly against their interpretation of Islam.

Some health workers have said they agree with the militant group's harsh methods.

"We are not in a democracy anymore, this is a dictatorship. And the use of force is the only way to treat these people," Dr. Fazalrabi Mayar, working in a treatment facility, told AP.

Patients wait to have medical checks as they arrive at the detoxification ward.

Afghanistan is one of the world's largest producers of heroin because of its vast poppy fields, and it has also become a significant producer of methamphetamines.

As a result, addiction has raged across the country.

According to people on the ground, there are an estimated 100,00 to 150,000 heroin injectors in Kabul, Vice News reported. Many also smoke and inject methamphetamine.

The patients float around the halls like ghosts.

Around 700 patients are currently at the hospital, according to AP, and many have mental illnesses.

The outlet said the patients float around the halls like ghosts. Although some say they aren't being fed enough, doctors say hunger is part of the withdrawal process, the outlet said.

Addicts in matching pajamas walk to the detoxification ward.

"It's a brutal place surrounded by armed guards," Mat Southwell told VICE World News.

"It looks like a concentration camp because they shave people's heads and make them wear pyjamas."

Drug users detained during a Taliban raid rest at the detoxification ward.

The medical opioids used to wean people off heroin, specifically buprenorphine and methadone, have started to run out, and staff in the hospital have not been paid for months, Vice News reported.

Patients were taken to their rooms at the treatment center.

The Taliban have said cracking down on the addicts is just the first step.

"This is just the beginning, later we will go after the farmers, and we will punish them according to (Islamic) Sharia law," lead patrol officer Qari Ghafoor told AP.

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by Anonymousreply 17October 12, 2021 10:54 PM

They need to remember the words of Jeebus Cripes: Never get high on your own supply.

by Anonymousreply 1October 12, 2021 2:33 AM

A big step up from Chairman Mao's strategy for dealing with addicts - he lined all the opium smokers up in front of a wall and had them shot.

by Anonymousreply 2October 12, 2021 2:38 AM

They’re HOT. Well, some of them.

Any nude photos?

by Anonymousreply 3October 12, 2021 2:44 AM

Tough love.

They'll be joining the Taliban ranks in no time.

by Anonymousreply 4October 12, 2021 2:48 AM

I love how they just had to include a juice box in the list of belongings that were seized and torched. Obviously these men were hobos.

by Anonymousreply 5October 12, 2021 3:42 AM

I assume this over-long article was written for Social Justice warriors who will sit at home and do nothing.

by Anonymousreply 6October 12, 2021 4:12 AM

Going after the farmers next? Oh my sides.

by Anonymousreply 7October 12, 2021 1:26 PM

It will be interesting to see if this method is more effective than ours.

by Anonymousreply 8October 12, 2021 1:31 PM

It's really not any different than out method. Except we put your wallet in an envelope and give it back to you. Juice box is trash. You're also put away longer than 3 months

by Anonymousreply 9October 12, 2021 1:41 PM

I think this is actually a better method than the American one.

In this country, you have to pay thousands to go through detox.

Over there, they're doing it for free. The only question is why they're doing it.

Out of care for their fellow citizen and to make their society better, or to recruit them into the army?

by Anonymousreply 10October 12, 2021 1:46 PM

[quote] A big step up from Chairman Mao's strategy for dealing with addicts - he lined all the opium smokers up in front of a wall and had them shot.

I was thinking the same thing. I once read that 1/3 of chinese were addicts

[quote] Over there, they're doing it for free. The only question is why they're doing it.

[quote] Out of care for their fellow citizen and to make their society better, or to recruit them into the army?

A little of both? As they are, they’re useless. This way, at least some of them might end up productive citizens

by Anonymousreply 11October 12, 2021 7:24 PM

It does seem pretty generous of them even though the taliban are usually so evil I assumed they would just slaughter homeless people and addicts.

by Anonymousreply 12October 12, 2021 8:27 PM

Burned a juice box? Petty.

by Anonymousreply 13October 12, 2021 8:30 PM

How do you burn a juice box?

by Anonymousreply 14October 12, 2021 8:36 PM

In America, we tell them to shit in the streets, occupy sidewalks and street corners, harass tourists, and we feed, clothe and give them shelter (which they refuse)... how effective is that?

by Anonymousreply 15October 12, 2021 8:37 PM

Going after the farmers? Sure Jan, isn't drug trade basically the only income this shithole country has?

by Anonymousreply 16October 12, 2021 10:26 PM

They're sending them to the Badia Furad Clinic.

by Anonymousreply 17October 12, 2021 10:54 PM
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