The capital of Romania, Bucharest was once known as the “Paris of the east”. It is a city full of history, beautiful architecture and an ambiance that many tourists travel to for the cultural experience of a lifetime. This beautiful, ornate, historic city has a dark secret hiding underground. A place that no tourists visit. A place where the destitute and poor call home. Beneath the ancient mansions and parks lies an underground kingdom full of drug addicts. Each citizen of this underground city is HIV positive and many are addicted to drugs. There is one drug kingpin named Bruce Lee that rules the underground city and provides the drugs for its citizens. He allowed a few reporters to go into his home and gave them a tour:
The halls are lined with drug addicts looking to buy paint and glue from Bruce Lee to sniff and get high.
Bruce Lee runs the underground kingdom and has a line of people all day long waiting to see him for different needs.
This HIV positive woman dips her needle into a cauldron of a methadone like substance.
Here they saw a man huffing a bag of paint to get high while behind him is a man with a needle in his arm. They had no care that cameras were around.
This is the entrance into the underground kingdom. You can see Bruce Lee guiding them in.
When they first saw Bruce Lee, he was wearing very little. He has chains padlocked around his wrists and ankles to aid in fighting where he received his name.
Bruce Lee was abandoned by his mother when he was just 3 days old. The tunnels are full of dance music and the smell of paint and glue. These tunnels used to heat the city so they are almost unbearably hot.
The tunnel is full of dogs who have never seen the light of day. They do take care of their animals Lee says.
A resident inspects his needle before injecting the synthetic drug.
Bruce Lee says he offers a place to stay and pays gangs to protect the abandoned children of Bucharest.
Lee’s body is covered in scars from fights and self-inflicted wounds from spending his life on and under the streets of Romania.
More drugs being consumed. Lee sells the addicts paint and glue for about 50p a hit (82 cents)
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