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In Pictures: Kabul's Children

Mark Sedwill, NATO's leading civilian representative, said recently that children are safer in Kabul than the Scottish city of Glasgow. Click through this slideshow of children living in the Afghan capital and see if you agree.

Two children at a UN camp. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan - NATO's leading civilian representative, Mark Sedwill, caused an uproar recently when he said children are safer in Kabul than they are the Scottish city of Glasgow. Click here to view photos of children living in the Afghan capital and see if you agree.
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Two children at a UN camp. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan - NATO's leading civilian representative, Mark Sedwill, caused an uproar recently when he said children are safer in Kabul than they are the Scottish city of Glasgow. Click here to view photos of children living in the Afghan capital and see if you agree.

Children at school. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan - The literacy rate for boys in Afghanistan is only 49 percent; for Afghan girls, it's 18 percent.
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Children at school. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan - The literacy rate for boys in Afghanistan is only 49 percent; for Afghan girls, it's 18 percent.

Children arrive for an International Peace Day ceremony. Photo by AFP - A recent Durham University survey shows that over one in five children in parts of Afghanistan suffer from some kind of psychiatric disorder, with girls twice as likely to be diagnosed.
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Children arrive for an International Peace Day ceremony. Photo by AFP - A recent Durham University survey shows that over one in five children in parts of Afghanistan suffer from some kind of psychiatric disorder, with girls twice as likely to be diagnosed.

A wounded child at a UN camp. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan - The study, in which researchers surveyed over 1,000 children in the country's north, also found that one in ten children reported having been beaten by relatives or neighbors, had undergone painful medical treatments, or suffered accidents.
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A wounded child at a UN camp. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan - The study, in which researchers surveyed over 1,000 children in the country's north, also found that one in ten children reported having been beaten by relatives or neighbors, had undergone painful medical treatments, or suffered accidents.

Girls carrying water. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan. - One in four Afghan children aged seven to 14 is reported to be involved in some form of work.
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Girls carrying water. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan. - One in four Afghan children aged seven to 14 is reported to be involved in some form of work.

A child living in a UN camp. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan.
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A child living in a UN camp. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan.

A boy working in construction. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
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A boy working in construction. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan

A woman sleeps outside a Kabul mosque. Photo by Fayaz Kabli for Reuters - A 2010 UN study reports that 76 percent of Afghans have been driven from their homes, leaving many -- especially women and children -- vulnerable on city streets.
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A woman sleeps outside a Kabul mosque. Photo by Fayaz Kabli for Reuters - A 2010 UN study reports that 76 percent of Afghans have been driven from their homes, leaving many -- especially women and children -- vulnerable on city streets.

Children at a UN camp for displaced persons. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan - Aid agencies say over 100,000 people in Afghanistan have been internally displaced in the past year.
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Children at a UN camp for displaced persons. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan - Aid agencies say over 100,000 people in Afghanistan have been internally displaced in the past year.

Mothers and children at a UN camp for displaced persons. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
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Mothers and children at a UN camp for displaced persons. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan

Two children at a UN camp for displaced persons. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
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Two children at a UN camp for displaced persons. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan

An injured child on the streets of Kabul. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan - A recent United Nations report says the number of Afghan children killed or injured in the war across Afghanistan went up by 55 percent in the first six months of the year when compared to the same period in 2009.
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An injured child on the streets of Kabul. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan - A recent United Nations report says the number of Afghan children killed or injured in the war across Afghanistan went up by 55 percent in the first six months of the year when compared to the same period in 2009.

Children at a UN camp. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan - Many children in Afghanistan are orphans, as half of the country's population is reported to have lost family members in years of fighting.
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Children at a UN camp. Photo by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan - Many children in Afghanistan are orphans, as half of the country's population is reported to have lost family members in years of fighting.

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