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An Afghan refugee, Hamagai Akbar, 5, attends an event on the occasion of U.N. World Day Of Social Justice, at a makeshift school set up in a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. According to the U.N. website, the occasion aims to support efforts for "poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all." (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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An Afghan refugee, five-year-old Hamagai Akbar, attends an event on UN World Day of Social Justice, at a makeshift school set up in a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. The UN says the occasion aims to support efforts for ‘poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all’ 

An Afghan child plays in the outskirts o...An Afghan child plays in the outskirts of Herat on January 23, 2014. Economic development is considered a vital weapon to stop the country from sinking back into civil war and to stem Islamist extremism after 100,000 international combat troops pull out.

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A child plays on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan. Economic development is seen as vital in stopping the country from sinking back into civil war and in stemming Islamist extremism when 100,000 international troops pull out 

A member of the Afghan security forces watches burning NATO supply trucks after what police officials say was an attack by militants in the Torkham area...A member of the Afghan security forces watches burning NATO supply trucks after what police officials say was an attack by militants in the Torkham area near the Pakistani-Afghan border in Jalalabad Province December 18, 2013. The attack killed one police officer and wounded three others, according to the police. REUTERS/Parwiz

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A member of the Afghan security forces watches burning Nato supply trucks after what police officials say was an attack by militants in the Torkham area near the Pakistani-Afghan border in Jalalabad Province. The attack killed one police officer and wounded three others, according to the police. 

Afghanistan Saffron...epa03968559 A picture made available on 28 November 2013 shows Afghan women collecting Saffron flowers from the feilds in Gozara district of Herat, Afghanistan, 27 November 2013. Saffron has been indicated as an alternative to opium, while the price and demand for it is increasing day by day. Saffron is one of the highly prized spices known since antiquity for its color, flavor and medicinal properties.  EPA/JALIL REZAYEE

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Afghan women collecting saffron flowers from fields in the Gozara district of Herat. Saffron is prized for its colour, flavour and medicinal properties. It has been indicated as an alternative to opium, and the price and demand for it is increasing. 

An Afghan refugee youth, sits on the side of the alley of a poor neighborhood, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the U.N. refugee agency, thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services.

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A young Afghan refugee sits on the side of an alley in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

Taliban militants surrender their weapons in Herat...epa03920206 Former Taliban militants stand behind an rusty old light machine gun as they surrender their weapons under a US-backed Afghan government amnesty program, in Herat, Afghanistan, 23 October 2013. Hundreds of anti-government militants have so far surrendered to the government under an amnesty program launched by Afghan President Hamid Karzai back in 2004. Taliban-led militants have been waging a bloody war against Afghan and NATO forces for a decade, often infiltrating Afghan security forces and carrying out deadly attacks on NATO and Afghan forces.  EPA/JALIL REZAYEE

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Former Taliban militants stand behind a rusty old light machine gun as they surrender their weapons under a US-backed Afghan government amnesty programme, in Herat, Afghanistan on Wednesday. Hundreds of anti-government militants have surrendered to the government under an amnesty programme launched in 2004 by Hamid Karzai, Afghan president. 

Afghan men tend their animals at a livestock market set up for the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or "feast of sacrifice," in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 Muslims all over the world celebrate the three-day Eid al-Adha, by sacrificing sheep, goats, cows and camels, to commemorate the Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God's command. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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Afghan men tend their animals at a livestock market set up for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or “feast of sacrifice”, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Muslims all over the world celebrate the three-day Eid al-Adha, which starts on Monday, by sacrificing sheep, goats, cows and camels, to commemorate the Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command. 

An Afghan refugee child sits on roadside in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the U.N. refugee agency, thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services.

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An Afghan refugee child sits on the roadside on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan hosts more than 1.6m registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the UN refugee agency, Thousands of refugees still live without electricity, running water and other basic services.

An Afghan refugee, her burka billowing, holds her daughter as she walks to her home through an alley of a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, with thousands living without electricity, running water and other basic services, according to the U.N. refugee agency. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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An Afghan refugee, her burka billowing, holds her daughter as she walks to her home through an alley of a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. 

New Afghan Army recruits stand in formation during a graduation ceremony at the Afghan National Army base on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

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Women from the Afghan Army stand in formation during a graduation ceremony at the Afghan National Army base on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan 

Afghan Local Police (ALP) cadets look ou...Afghan Local Police (ALP) cadets look out from windows during their graduation ceremony at a police training centre in Mazar-i-Sharif on August 22, 2013. Afghan police have been killed and injured since March 21 in what would be an astonishing rate of around 22 a day. Afghanistan's 350,000-strong security forces have suffered a steep rise in attacks as the NATO combat mission winds down.

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Local Afghan police cadets take a window seat at their graduation ceremony at a police training centre in Mazar-i-Sharif, the fourth-largest city of Afghanistan, on Thursday. Afghan police have been killed and injured since March 21 this year in what would be an astonishing rate of about 22 a day. Afghanistan’s 350,000-strong security forces have experienced a steep rise in attacks as the Nato combat mission winds down 

Afghan men cool off with water in a stre...Afghan men cool off with water in a street in Herat on July 29, 2013.   Western Afghanistan is flat and open with the climate accordingly hot and dry around Herat and temperatures are reaching the early forties.  AFP PHOTO/Aref KARIMIAref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images

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Men cool off with water in a street in Herat, western Afghanistan, on Monday, where temperatures hit the 40s 

Afghanistan National Sayeed Abbas waits ...Afghanistan National Sayeed Abbas waits inside a detention room prior to his trial in Jakarta on July 11, 2013. An Indonesian court on July 11 rejected an Australian request to extradite Afghan people smuggler Sayeed Abbas to Australia. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images

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Sayeed Abbas, accused of smuggling people to Australia, waits for his extradition trial to begin in Jakarta. An Indonesian court on Thursday rejected a request that the Afghan national be sent for trial in Australia 

Afghan workers make sweets at a traditio...Afghan workers make sweets at a traditional 'jelabi' (sweet) factory ahead of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Herat on July 8, 2013. Throughout the month, devout Muslims must abstain from food and drink from dawn until sunset when they break the fast with the Iftar meal. Traditionally, dates are known as the food the prophet Mohammad ate when he broke from his fast. AFP PHOTO / Aref KARIMIAref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan workers make sweets at a traditional ‘jelabi’ (sweet) factory ahead of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Herat on Monday. Throughout the month, devout Muslims must abstain from food and drink from dawn until sunset when they break the fast with the Iftar meal. Traditionally, dates are known as the food the prophet Mohammad ate when he broke from his fast 

An Afghan policeman talks to a civilian standing behind a door near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul...An Afghan policeman talks to a civilian standing behind a door near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul July 2, 2013. Taliban insurgents including a suicide bomber in a truck killed six people in the attack on a foreign logistics and supply company in Kabul on Tuesday. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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An Afghan policeman on Tuesday talks to a civilian standing behind a door near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. Taliban insurgents including a suicide bomber in a truck killed six people in the attack on a foreign logistics and supply company in the city. 

An Afghan security force stands guard as a ambulance arrive near entrance gate of the Presidential palace in Kabul

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An Afghan security force stands guard as an ambulance arrives near the entrance gate of the presidential palace in Kabul on Tuesday after Taliban militants targeted the palace and the CIA office.

Afghan Local Police (ALP) attend their g...Afghan Local Police (ALP) attend their graduation ceremony in Laghman province on June 24, 2013. Afghan forces took control of security across the country on June 18, marking a major milestone as US-led combat troops prepare to withdraw after 12 years of fighting the Taliban. AFP PHOTO/ Noorullah ShirzadaNoorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan local police attend their graduation ceremony in Laghman Province on Monday. Afghan forces took control of security across the country on June 18, marking a milestone as US-led troops prepare to withdraw after 12 years of fighting the Taliban

Afghanistan economy and daily life

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Afghan girls working at a brick manufacturer with buckets of stones on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday.

TOPSHOTS Afghan children play at a gover...TOPSHOTS Afghan children play at a government kindergarten on June 4, 2013. Tens of thousands of children in Afghanistan, driven by poverty, work on the streets of the war-torn country's cities and often fall prey to Taliban bombings and other violence, as well as abuse. AFP PHOTO/ Rahmatullah ALIZADARAHMATULLAH ALIZADA/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan children play at a government kindergarten on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of children in Afghanistan, driven by poverty, work on the streets of the war-torn country’s cities and often fall prey to Taliban bombings and other violence, as well as abuse

Armed Afghan villagers raise their weapo...Armed Afghan villagers raise their weapons as they vow to defend their village against the Taliban in Sor Kandaw village, Dur Baba district of Nangarhar province on May 21, 2012.  Taliban fighters are being pushed out of some areas in eastern Afghanistan by local militias defending their villages, according to local leaders.   AFP PHOTO/Noorullah ShirzadaNoorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan villagers on Tuesday raise their weapons against the Taliban in Sor Kandaw village in the Dur Baba District of Nangarhar Province. Taliban fighters are being pushed out of some areas in eastern Afghanistan by local militias defending their villages, according to local leaders.