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Scraping Out A Living In Afghanistan

For more than a decade, the international military presence and foreign aid in Afghanistan have helped prop up the local economy. But now, with the number of troops falling and military bases shrinking, Afghans have been left struggling to make ends meet.

Outside Bagram Airfield, the biggest U.S. military base in Afghanistan. 
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Outside Bagram Airfield, the biggest U.S. military base in Afghanistan. 

Bagram Bazaar is located just outside the base. Customers can buy groceries as well as goods smuggled from Bagram Airfield. 
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Bagram Bazaar is located just outside the base. Customers can buy groceries as well as goods smuggled from Bagram Airfield. 

Halim rents out a stall at Bagram Bazaar. He worked at the base for seven years before being fired earlier this year. 
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Halim rents out a stall at Bagram Bazaar. He worked at the base for seven years before being fired earlier this year. 

Homayoon's metal business has fallen on hard times. He was contracted by the U.S. military for five years, but that ended earlier this year.   
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Homayoon's metal business has fallen on hard times. He was contracted by the U.S. military for five years, but that ended earlier this year.   

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