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Afghanistan’s growing number of child drug addicts

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Two drug addicts sleep next to the Kabul River in Kabul on April 26, 2012.  AFP FILE PHOTO

They play badminton, kick a ball around and huddle over computer games just like normal children.

Posted: February 11th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Young Afghan musicians to tour US

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 photo, an Afghan boy, Ahmadullah, 14, practices playing the Rubab in a class at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dozens of Afghan teenagers including former street kids or orphans aged 10 to 22, will be playing in the Afghan Youth Orchestra which begins a 12-day U.S. tour on Feb. 3 and includes concerts at Washington's Kennedy Center - President Barrack Obama has been invited - New York's Carnegie Hall and the New England Conservatory in Boston. AP/Musadeq Sadeq

Not so long ago Fakira roamed the mean streets of the Afghan capital, hawking magazines for 13 U.S. cents apiece to support her poverty-stricken family. Next month, the 15-year-old cellist appears in America’s most prestigious concert halls, performing alongside other former street children and orphans of Afghanistan’s decades of violence.

Posted: January 16th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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