Afghanistan: Kabul Streets

Kabul

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Traditional shalwar kameez dress is still popular among most men. Most of the Taliban-era "fist-long beards" have disappeared in the capital city.

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Moneychangers doing business at Mandayi market, which is still a lucrative trade. Most purchases can be made in Afghani, although US Dollars are accepted pretty much everywhere.

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Taxis on Jad-e-Froshgah. Most of the taxis here are Soviet-era Volgas or second- (or third-) hand cars from Europe. Many still have the original German or Dutch plates with the Afghan plates bolted over them.

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Beggar on Jad-e-Froshgah. Many are dependent on food programs and begging to keep themselves and their families alive. Especially for the elderly who have no family to provide for them times are hard.

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Undergroud storage and vendors on Asheqan-wa-Arefan trying to make a living.

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Burqa-clad beggars on the streets.

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A vendor in the birdmarket. This particular man, blind in one eye, also sells small turtles and other animals.

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Child labour in a metal workshop. Most kids have to help out in their family business to survive.

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Bird vendor on Ka Faroshi market.

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ANP (Afghan National Police) holding a raid.

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Inside a family courtyard in the birdmarket district.

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Rooftops in the Ka Faroshi birdmarket district.

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Downtown Kabul.

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A young boy working at a food stall/teahouse in downtown Kabul. Child labour is widespread — everyone has to work in order to eat.

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Women can go shopping on their own again these days. The young girl will surely be wearing a burqa soon.