Chained drug addicts at a healing center run by a local preacher Mullah Ilyas Qadri in Haripur, Pakistan.
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Hashish addict Noor Rehman has spent three years chained to a concrete slab covered by insects.When police broke into the clinic last week in Haripur, a city built on a hill around 80 kilometers north of Islamabad, they found 115 "patients" chained in pairs and shackled to the ground.Most have now been freed and Qadri has been arrested, but around 20, including Noor, are waiting for their families to come and take them home. To prevent inmates from escaping and getting back on drugs, Qadri left them permanently chained, day and night – except for a few precious moments to go to the bathroom, still chained to their partner.Today, Pakistan has more than 4 million cannabis consumers and more than 860,000 heroin users, a figure which has doubled since 2000 according to a recent U.N. survey.Many detoxification clinics offer primitive therapies. A complaint by the family of one patient at Qadri's clinic led to a police raid and his downfall.
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