Afghanistan: Kabul Streets


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Burqa-clad beggars on the streets.


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


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


Bird vendor on Ka Faroshi market.


ANP (Afghan National Police) holding a raid.


Inside a family courtyard in the birdmarket district.


Rooftops in the Ka Faroshi birdmarket district.


Downtown Kabul.


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


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