Red Cross Program Helps Kenyans Fight Drug Addiction
In the kitchen of the drug rehabilitation center in Lamu, Kenya, Musa Mohamed is stirring a pan full of chicken and herbs. Musa is a 43-year-old drug user. He is one of 18 addicts at the center which is run by the Kenya Red Cross. He started using heroin 14 years ago after his friends recommended it to him.
"Then I kept on trying and after a couple of days I wanted to stop, and I was addicted already so I wasn't able to stop," he said.
A problem affecting thousands
Kenya's National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) says there are 40,000 heroin users across the coastal area of Kenya. Many live in Lamu, a town with a large number of drug dens.
Red Cross volunteer Nurein Mohamed often visits the drug dens where she sees the desperation of many addicts.
Forty-three-year-old Yusuf Yunus understands that desperation. He wants to stop using drugs.
"Now I have two children of mine who will get in trouble," he said. "I don't know what to do because I am high. I am not healthy for them, and I don't know how to get money. I cannot help my children when I am high."
Medication, counseling needed
The rehabilitation center gives addicts medicine to lessen painful withdrawal symptoms. The center also requires that addicts attend group counseling.
Christine Mosiori is the manager of the Lamu center. She says high unemployment and easy availability of drugs are causing the drug problem.
Unemployment "makes it easy for someone to just get into the drugs...and also the availability of these drugs where they live," she said.
The program run by the Red Cross takes three months and provides some job training. Then, reformed drug users go back to the streets.
Musa says he won't go back using drugs.
"My first daughter is 14 years (old) now...I don't want to hurt my daughter and my family," he said. "So, I said enough is enough, and I don't think I'll go back."
Signs of progress
Despite the large size of the drug problem, Mosiori says she is pleased by what the Red Cross center has done in just six months.
"Even those we have discharged, we have followed them up so far and they are actually doing very well back home," Mosiori said.
As the men kneel for Islamic prayers, they share the pain of trying to overcome addiction. They pray that one day soon, they will regain control over themselves and their futures.
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4.addict to 沉溺于
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在肯尼亚拉穆的戒毒康复中心的厨房里，穆萨·穆罕默德正在搅拌装满鸡肉和草药的锅 。43岁的穆萨是一位毒瘾患者 。他是该中心18位吸毒者之一，该中心由肯尼亚红十字会管理 。14岁时，他在朋友的引诱下开始吸食海洛因 。
肯尼亚全国反酗酒和毒品滥用运动组织称，肯尼亚沿海地区有4万名海洛因吸食者 。许多人住在拉穆，这是一个藏有大量毒品窝点的城镇 。
43岁的尤素福·尤努斯（Yusuf Yunus）理解这种绝望 。他想戒毒 。
他说：“我有两个孩子，他们会有麻烦 。“我不知道该做什么，因为我毒瘾很大 。我不是个健康的父亲，我不知道怎么赚钱养家 。当我吸毒的时候，我无法帮助孩子们 。”
该康复中心为吸毒者提供药物以减轻痛苦的戒毒症状 。该中心还要求吸毒者参加团体咨询 。
克里斯汀·莫西奥利（Christine Mosiori）是拉穆中心的经理 。她说，高失业率和毒品易得性导致毒品问题 。
红十字会成立这一项目耗时三个月，并且提供一些职业培训 。然后，改过自新的吸毒者开始正常生活 。
“我的大女儿14岁了……我不想再伤害女儿和家人了，”他说 。“所以，适可而止，我想我不会再吸毒了 。”
当吸毒者跪倒在伊斯兰教祈祷者面前时，他们互相分担着试图克服毒瘾的痛苦 。他们祈祷有一天，他们能重新控制自己和未来 。