Afghan children play with a kite on the outskirts of Jalalabad. Photo Noorullah Shirzada/AFP
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An Afghan girl looks on as a health worker administers polio vaccine drops to others during a vaccination campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad. Polio, once a worldwide scourge, is endemic in just three countries now – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Photo Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty
Afghan women walk with their children through the old quarters of Herat
Afghan residents look out from broken windows of a building near the site of an attack following a car bomb blast that targeted the CARE International compound at Shar-e-Naw in Kabul
Returning Afghan refugees, who have recently arrived from Pakistan, wait to register at a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) centre on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan
Former Taliban militants surrender their weapons during a reconciliation ceremony in Herat, Afghanistan. A group of 16 former Taliban militants arms in Herat and joined the peace process. Under an amnesty launched by the former President Hamid Karzai and backed by the US in November 2004, hundreds of anti-government militants have so far surrendered to the government
An Afghan labourer looks on as he works at a traditional cotton factory in Jalalabad
An Afghan man rides a horse as another one leads his horse as the sun sets in Injil district of Herat province
Villagers pray in front graves of victims of the suicide attack, in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday which killed at least 80 people
An Afghan man makes sweets at a small traditional factory during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in preparation for Eid al-Fitr in Kabul, Afghanistan
Men watch demonstrators from Afghanistan’s Hazara minority during a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan farmers harvest raw opium at a poppy field in Zhari district of southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan. A recent uptick in violence across the south will worsen once the poppy crop is harvested in coming weeks and the extremists deploy gunmen to protect their vast smuggling empire, officials, analysts and diplomats are predicting.
Taliban fighters hold their weapons before surrendering them to Afghan authorities in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Around 53 Taliban fighters laid down their weapons at a ceremony, as part of a peace-reconciliation program