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A ‘danger tourist’ who’s become known for travelling to warzones has said he’s fallen ill with food poisoning after claiming to have had tea with the Taliban.
To be fair, he could’ve faced a far worse outcome.
Miles Routledge, aka Lord Miles, shot to online fame after going to Afghanistan on holiday last summer just before the Taliban took hold of Kabul.
The former student decided to travel to the country after it came up as the number one entry for the ‘ten most dangerous countries in the world’, only to then admit he’d ‘bitten off more than he could chew’.
After ending up in a UN safehouse, Miles was eventually transported back to the UK – but his dangerous ventures were far from over.
Despite receiving backlash for his actions, the student decided to travel to Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion of the country earlier this year.
More recently, Miles, who is originally from Birmingham, claimed to be stuck in Pakistan after he’d run out of money.
He couldn't have been that stuck, however, as he soon popped up in Afghanistan where he said he was able to apparently break bread with the Taliban.
He tweeted on 27 April along with a selfie with the supposed members of the Taliban: “TEA WITH THE TALIBAN! Im in Afghanistan, walked into Taliban residency by accident and after talking they gave me food, tea and even offered for me to stay the night. They are so kind!”
But now, he’s paying for the meetup in more ways than one - beyond scepticism from the online community, Miles says he’s now suffering from food poisoning.
Taking to Twitter in the early hours of this morning (30 April), he wrote: “I think I have food poisoning. I am throwing up a lot, very cold and very weak.”
In a follow-up message, Miles added: “Oh my it's not stopping,” and: “I’m still throwing up.”
I think I have food poisoning. I am throwing up a lot, very cold and very weak.— Lord Miles Routledge Adventures ✝️ (@real_lord_miles) April 30, 2022
As opposed to a flurry of criticism, many people took to the comments section to recommend him to rest up and take meds to ease the symptoms.
“Get meds to stop the s**ts that are likely coming,” wrote one. “Clears up in a week.”
Another said: “Keep up on electrolytes and salts, you're going to run out of them if you keep throwing up. Eat or drink very small portions of stock or broth.”
Prior to his current predicament, the former Loughborough University student explained how he came to be accepting hospitality from members of a military group notorious for its human rights abuses.
He tweeted: “People are lying and saying these aren't Taliban, let me explain.
“The Taliban is the Afghanistan gov, my old hotel from August is now Taliban housing, these men are Taliban and the more senior Taliban did not want to be on camera which is chill. They told me they were Taliban.
“And they are. They aren't dressed constantly in military clothes, they shouldn't meet a stereotype etc. I'm here, I'm speaking to people, I know who's who.”
Miles previously said he travelled to Kazakhstan in January during a period of violent protests to be ‘a lil goofy, be a little silly perhaps’, and has earned himself a reputation as a ‘danger tourist’.
On his social media page, he describes himself as a ‘Catholic adventurer’, giving charitable donations ‘on the ground’.
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