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The youngest victims in Afghanistan (4)

By Wang Huazhong (China Daily)

13:10, January 03, 2012

A child vendor on the streets of Kabul. (Photo: China Daily)

There's a trace of blood in 12-year-old Jamshid's green eyes, a sign of the dangers that he has to go through. In the "good old days", Jamshid could collect 2 kilograms of iron a week and hand in 50 afghanis to his parents.

Although free education is offered to every Afghan child, none of Ali's or his brothers' 33 children go to school.

"Father says school is too far from home. And we can't afford to buy cloths, pens and paper for school," mumbles Jamshid while drinking water from an iron kettle.

But that doesn't stop the boy, about to enter his teens, from saying that he wants to become a doctor when he grows up, "because I can help many people recover from illness in Afghanistan".

The will is there in Afghanistan. What is not is the means.

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