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The youngest victims in Afghanistan (2)

By Wang Huazhong (China Daily)

13:10, January 03, 2012

A boy in Kabul carries freshly baked bread on a tray balanced on his head. (Photo: China Daily)

The reason for that is not difficult to guess, for nearly a quarter of Kabul's population and half of Afghanistan's rural population do not have access to clean drinking water.

The survey does not mention them, but it is evident that millions of people in Afghanistan's drought-hit north are facing starvation and the threat of NATO air strikes which kill and maim civilians, and insurgents still recruit children, as is obvious from teenagers carrying automatic guns in the streets.

In fact, children can be seen struggling to make some money to buy food everywhere in the maze that is Kabul.

They wash cars on congested roads, vend shampoo in sachets near Qargha Lake or simply beg around the old royal palace.

In a slum beside the Qargha Road, family members of Dad Ali and his three brothers have just returned from Iran, where they fled in 2007 to escape the ordeal at home.

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