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Scenes Of Everyday Life In Kabul

As Afghan leaders debate the effects of the planned NATO withdrawal in 2014, most Afghans are focused on more immediate concerns, like buying food, visiting the doctor, or attending school. Photographer Sabawoon of RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan captured these images of daily life in Kabul, where many people are struggling to get by each day.

A woman waits to receive her monthly food ration.
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A woman waits to receive her monthly food ration.

A family sits in a cemetery in Kabul.
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A family sits in a cemetery in Kabul.

Women sell traditional bread by the side of the road.
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Women sell traditional bread by the side of the road.

Female students attend an outdoor lesson.
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Female students attend an outdoor lesson.

A displaced girl poses for a photograph.
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A displaced girl poses for a photograph.

Displaced children watch a cockfight near their shelter in Kabul.
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Displaced children watch a cockfight near their shelter in Kabul.

Women sew at the Handicraft Benzes shop.
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Women sew at the Handicraft Benzes shop.

Women wait in line to receive monthly food rations.
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Women wait in line to receive monthly food rations.

Rain is no deterrent for women waiting to pick up rations.
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Rain is no deterrent for women waiting to pick up rations.

A doctor administers vaccines to children at a hospital in Kabul.
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A doctor administers vaccines to children at a hospital in Kabul.

Children play by the roadside.
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Children play by the roadside.

Barbers offer a shave and a haircut.
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Barbers offer a shave and a haircut.

A woman begs as merchants and buyers negotiate at an animal market.
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A woman begs as merchants and buyers negotiate at an animal market.

Women and children carry heavy buckets of drinking water. Many Kabul residents don't have access to clean water in or near their homes.
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Women and children carry heavy buckets of drinking water. Many Kabul residents don't have access to clean water in or near their homes.

A displaced family waits for a bus.
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A displaced family waits for a bus.

A young shepherd girl with her flock.
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A young shepherd girl with her flock.

Disabled children beg on a Kabul street.
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Disabled children beg on a Kabul street.

A family rides past the destroyed Darull Aman Palace.
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A family rides past the destroyed Darull Aman Palace.

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