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Rehab in the slums

<p>Former drug addicts from the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center try to convince a female drug addict who lives amidst piles of garbage to go to rehab during a special rescue campaign in Caracas, Venezuela August 26, 2011. This rehabilitation center for drug abusers and the homeless, is funded by a Christian evangelical church, and has been a model for state institutions with the same goals.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Former drug addicts from the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center try to convince a female drug addict who lives amidst piles of garbage to go to rehab during a special rescue campaign in Caracas, Venezuela August 26, 2011. This rehabilitation...more

Former drug addicts from the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center try to convince a female drug addict who lives amidst piles of garbage to go to rehab during a special rescue campaign in Caracas, Venezuela August 26, 2011. This rehabilitation center for drug abusers and the homeless, is funded by a Christian evangelical church, and has been a model for state institutions with the same goals. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Daniel Velasquez, a former drug addict, tries to convince a homeless man sleeping in a square to go to the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts during a special rescue campaign in Caracas August 26, 2011. The center is located in the turbulent slum of Coche in Caracas, one of the most violent and chaotic cities in the world. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Daniel Velasquez, a former drug addict, tries to convince a homeless man sleeping in a square to go to the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts during a special rescue campaign in Caracas August 26, 2011. The center is...more

Daniel Velasquez, a former drug addict, tries to convince a homeless man sleeping in a square to go to the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts during a special rescue campaign in Caracas August 26, 2011. The center is located in the turbulent slum of Coche in Caracas, one of the most violent and chaotic cities in the world. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Former drug addicts from the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center, carry a homeless alcoholic to their car during a special rescue campaign in Caracas August 26, 2011.  The center has helped more than 20,000 people over the last 15 years. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins</p>

Former drug addicts from the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center, carry a homeless alcoholic to their car during a special rescue campaign in Caracas August 26, 2011. The center has helped more than 20,000 people over the last 15 years....more

Former drug addicts from the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center, carry a homeless alcoholic to their car during a special rescue campaign in Caracas August 26, 2011. The center has helped more than 20,000 people over the last 15 years. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>An alcoholic and drug addict sleeps on a mat on the floor on his first night at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins</p>

An alcoholic and drug addict sleeps on a mat on the floor on his first night at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

An alcoholic and drug addict sleeps on a mat on the floor on his first night at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Jhonny Guevara, 45, a drug addict, sleeps on a mat on the floor on his first night at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center, after being brought there during a special rescue campaign in Caracas August 27, 2011.  Within its humble surroundings, some 250 men find hope each day living side by side, from the city's youth to the elderly and the infirm.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Jhonny Guevara, 45, a drug addict, sleeps on a mat on the floor on his first night at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center, after being brought there during a special rescue campaign in Caracas August 27, 2011. Within its humble surroundings,...more

Jhonny Guevara, 45, a drug addict, sleeps on a mat on the floor on his first night at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center, after being brought there during a special rescue campaign in Caracas August 27, 2011. Within its humble surroundings, some 250 men find hope each day living side by side, from the city's youth to the elderly and the infirm. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation take a shower while a fellow patient has his hair cut at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 19, 2011.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation take a shower while a fellow patient has his hair cut at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation take a shower while a fellow patient has his hair cut at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>An alcoholic cries as he receives a haircut on his first day in rehabilitation at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 10, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

An alcoholic cries as he receives a haircut on his first day in rehabilitation at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 10, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

An alcoholic cries as he receives a haircut on his first day in rehabilitation at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 10, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Danny Martinez, 36, a patient in drug rehabilitation, helps to move an old man from a wheelchair to his bed, after bathing him at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 27, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins</p>

Danny Martinez, 36, a patient in drug rehabilitation, helps to move an old man from a wheelchair to his bed, after bathing him at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in...more

Danny Martinez, 36, a patient in drug rehabilitation, helps to move an old man from a wheelchair to his bed, after bathing him at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 27, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Jose Antivera, 63, a homeless man, gets up from his bed at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Jose Antivera, 63, a homeless man, gets up from his bed at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Jose Antivera, 63, a homeless man, gets up from his bed at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>A patient in drug and alcohol rehabilitation organises his belongings in a locker at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 4, 2011.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

A patient in drug and alcohol rehabilitation organises his belongings in a locker at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 4, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia...more

A patient in drug and alcohol rehabilitation organises his belongings in a locker at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 4, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Elias Compita, 70, a homeless man, waits in a hallway for breakfast time at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 27, 2011.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Elias Compita, 70, a homeless man, waits in a hallway for breakfast time at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 27, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins more

Elias Compita, 70, a homeless man, waits in a hallway for breakfast time at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 27, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Juan Castro, a homeless man, is helped into bed by a fellow homeless man at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Juan Castro, a homeless man, is helped into bed by a fellow homeless man at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins more

Juan Castro, a homeless man, is helped into bed by a fellow homeless man at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Elias Compita, 70, a homeless man, gets a glass of water from a fellow homeless person at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins</p>

Elias Compita, 70, a homeless man, gets a glass of water from a fellow homeless person at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia...more

Elias Compita, 70, a homeless man, gets a glass of water from a fellow homeless person at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Jesus Lovera, 32, a patient in heroin rehabilitation, checks his new teeth carved by hand from animal bone by a fellow patient at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 14, 2011.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins</p>

Jesus Lovera, 32, a patient in heroin rehabilitation, checks his new teeth carved by hand from animal bone by a fellow patient at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in...more

Jesus Lovera, 32, a patient in heroin rehabilitation, checks his new teeth carved by hand from animal bone by a fellow patient at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 14, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>A homeless man sits next to his personal items at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

A homeless man sits next to his personal items at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A homeless man sits next to his personal items at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Duglas Paredes, a patient in drug rehabilitation, shows his scars garnered from gunshot wounds at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 9, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins</p>

Duglas Paredes, a patient in drug rehabilitation, shows his scars garnered from gunshot wounds at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 9, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos...more

Duglas Paredes, a patient in drug rehabilitation, shows his scars garnered from gunshot wounds at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 9, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Homeless people and patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation rest at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 8, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Homeless people and patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation rest at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 8, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Homeless people and patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation rest at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 8, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, pray at church during a Sunday service at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 7, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, pray at church during a Sunday service at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 7, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, pray at church during a Sunday service at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 7, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation prepare dinner at the kitchen of the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 9, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins</p>

Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation prepare dinner at the kitchen of the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 9, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation prepare dinner at the kitchen of the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 9, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Habrahan Reyes, 33, a patient in crack rehabilitation, works in the kitchen of the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 5, 2011.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Habrahan Reyes, 33, a patient in crack rehabilitation, works in the kitchen of the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 5, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins more

Habrahan Reyes, 33, a patient in crack rehabilitation, works in the kitchen of the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 5, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Nomar Paraqueimo (C), 29, a patient in crack rehabilitation, helps a fellow patient work out at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 5, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins</p>

Nomar Paraqueimo (C), 29, a patient in crack rehabilitation, helps a fellow patient work out at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 5, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos...more

Nomar Paraqueimo (C), 29, a patient in crack rehabilitation, helps a fellow patient work out at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 5, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, attend group therapy at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 4, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, attend group therapy at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 4, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, attend group therapy at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 4, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Jose Oviedo (L), 33, a former gang member and drug addict, serves food to fellow participants in drug and alcohol rehabilitation at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 8, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Jose Oviedo (L), 33, a former gang member and drug addict, serves food to fellow participants in drug and alcohol rehabilitation at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 8, 2011....more

Jose Oviedo (L), 33, a former gang member and drug addict, serves food to fellow participants in drug and alcohol rehabilitation at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 8, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Habrahan Reyes, 33, a patient in crack rehabilitation, works in the kitchen of the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 5, 2011.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Habrahan Reyes, 33, a patient in crack rehabilitation, works in the kitchen of the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 5, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins more

Habrahan Reyes, 33, a patient in crack rehabilitation, works in the kitchen of the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 5, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, fall backwards while praying at church during a Sunday service at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 7, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, fall backwards while praying at church during a Sunday service at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 7, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins...more

Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, fall backwards while praying at church during a Sunday service at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 7, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Eulices Farias (C), 34, a former drug addict, prays for the attendees during a Sunday service at the church of the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 21, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Eulices Farias (C), 34, a former drug addict, prays for the attendees during a Sunday service at the church of the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 21, 2011....more

Eulices Farias (C), 34, a former drug addict, prays for the attendees during a Sunday service at the church of the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 21, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Patients in drug and alcohol rehab, pray during group therapy at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 4, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Patients in drug and alcohol rehab, pray during group therapy at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 4, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Patients in drug and alcohol rehab, pray during group therapy at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 4, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, pray at church during a Sunday service at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 7, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, pray at church during a Sunday service at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 7, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, pray at church during a Sunday service at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 7, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Rolando Garcia (C), 32, a patient in drug rehabilitation, embraces a fellow recovering addict during a group therapy session at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 4, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins</p>

Rolando Garcia (C), 32, a patient in drug rehabilitation, embraces a fellow recovering addict during a group therapy session at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 4, 2011....more

Rolando Garcia (C), 32, a patient in drug rehabilitation, embraces a fellow recovering addict during a group therapy session at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 4, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>A homeless man sits on a chair at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

A homeless man sits on a chair at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A homeless man sits on a chair at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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