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Afghan Elections: Little has changed for the poor

Mud-brick houses.

Mud-brick houses have spread across the hillsides above the overcrowded capital of Kabul.

High above downtown Kabul, mud-brick houses are stacked at haphazard angles on steep mountainsides. The cappuccino-colored homes blend into the hills as if residents here wanted to camouflage their presence. From a distance they have a certain charm, but up close, they are crowded slums. Raw sewage mixed with mud trickles down dirt paths, and trash litters the ground.

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