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The Modern Face of Kabul - 27 Mar 2014
Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is
home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand
in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing
for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but
it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the
vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Many of the people in the images were happy to be
photographed, but did not want to give their names.
AFGHANISTAN/
RTR3ISSU
March 27, 2014
Evening rush hour traffic moves slowly past an advertising billboard in central Kabul March 9, 2014....
Kabul, Afghanistan
Evening rush hour traffic moves slowly past an advertising billboard in central Kabul
Evening rush hour traffic moves slowly past an advertising billboard in central Kabul March 9, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS TRANSPORT)

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March 27, 2014
Members of an Afghan band Tanin, Mahmoud Hejran (2nd L) and Zabih Hosseini (C) play the guitar and sing...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Members of an Afghan band Tanin travel back to their music studio after performing on a live TV program,...
Members of an Afghan band Tanin, Mahmoud Hejran (2nd L) and Zabih Hosseini (C) play the guitar and sing as they travel back to their music studio after performing on a live TV program, in Kabul March 4, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT)

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March 27, 2014
A Bollywood film plays on a DVD player as a vehicle travels along a street in Kabul March 6, 2014. Despite...
Kabul, Afghanistan
A Bollywood film plays on a DVD player as a vehicle travels along a street in Kabul
A Bollywood film plays on a DVD player as a vehicle travels along a street in Kabul March 6, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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March 27, 2014
Afghan music students participate in a music training session at a cultural and educational centre in...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan music students participate in a music training session at a cultural and educational centre in...
Afghan music students participate in a music training session at a cultural and educational centre in Kabul March 7, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY EDUCATION)

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March 27, 2014
Afghan videographers work during the filming of a live TV program at Negah private TV studio in Kabul...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan videographers work during the filming of a live TV program at Negah private TV studio in Kabul...
Afghan videographers work during the filming of a live TV program at Negah private TV studio in Kabul March 4, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS MEDIA)

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March 27, 2014
Afghan rapper Mahmoud Hejran shows his band's symbol as he poses for a photograph at his apartment, which...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan rapper Mahmoud Hejran shows his band's symbol as he poses for a photograph at his apartment, which...
Afghan rapper Mahmoud Hejran shows his band's symbol as he poses for a photograph at his apartment, which is used as a music studio, in Kabul March 3, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT)

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March 27, 2014
Afghan pop singer Arash Barez (L) signs a notebook for his fan after his concert at a ceremony to mark...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan pop singer Arash Barez signs a notebook for his fan after his concert at a ceremony to mark International...
Afghan pop singer Arash Barez (L) signs a notebook for his fan after his concert at a ceremony to mark International Women's Day in the Kabul-Dubai wedding hall in Kabul March 8, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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March 27, 2014
A video clip of Afghan singer Matin plays on an iPad in a cafe in Kabul March 4, 2014. Despite decades...
Kabul, Afghanistan
A video clip of Afghan singer Matin plays on an iPad in a cafe in Kabul
A video clip of Afghan singer Matin plays on an iPad in a cafe in Kabul March 4, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT)

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March 27, 2014
Afghan singer Matin (R) speaks to his girlfriend as they sit in a cafe in Kabul March 4, 2014. Despite...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan singer Matin speaks to his girlfriend as they sit in a cafe in Kabul
Afghan singer Matin (R) speaks to his girlfriend as they sit in a cafe in Kabul March 4, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT)

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March 27, 2014
Youths sit in a cafe in Kabul March 4, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Youths sit in a cafe in Kabul
Youths sit in a cafe in Kabul March 4, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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March 27, 2014
Men play snooker in a snooker and billiard club in Kabul March 12, 2014. Despite decades of conflict...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Men play snooker in a snooker and billiard club in Kabul
Men play snooker in a snooker and billiard club in Kabul March 12, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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March 27, 2014
An art student uses his mobile phone as he stands next to graffiti on a wall at a cultural and educational...
Kabul, Afghanistan
An art student uses his mobile phone as he stands next to graffiti on a wall at a cultural and educational...
An art student uses his mobile phone as he stands next to graffiti on a wall at a cultural and educational centre in Kabul March 7, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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March 27, 2014
A woman paints at a private art institute in Kabul March 2, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan,...
Kabul, Afghanistan
A woman paints at a private art institute in Kabul
A woman paints at a private art institute in Kabul March 2, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS EDUCATION)

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March 27, 2014
Afghan artists talk as they attend a graduating ceremony in Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul March...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan artists talk as they attend a graduating ceremony in Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul
Afghan artists talk as they attend a graduating ceremony in Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul March 2, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS EDUCATION)

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March 27, 2014
Youths talk as they stand in an outdoor area of a cafe in Kabul March 4, 2014. Despite decades of conflict...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Youths talk as they stand in an outdoor area of a cafe in Kabul
Youths talk as they stand in an outdoor area of a cafe in Kabul March 4, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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March 27, 2014
An Afghan artist poses for a photograph in Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul March 2, 2014. Despite...
Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan artist poses for a photograph in Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul
An Afghan artist poses for a photograph in Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul March 2, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS EDUCATION)

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March 27, 2014
An Afghan artist poses for a photograph in Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul March 2, 2014. Despite...
Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan artist poses for a photograph in Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul
An Afghan artist poses for a photograph in Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul March 2, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS EDUCATION)

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March 27, 2014
Boys play computer games at a market in Kabul March 2, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan,...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Boys play computer games at a market in Kabul
Boys play computer games at a market in Kabul March 2, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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March 27, 2014
A mannequin is displayed in a shop window in Kabul March 9, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan,...
Kabul, Afghanistan
A mannequin is displayed in a shop window in Kabul
A mannequin is displayed in a shop window in Kabul March 9, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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March 27, 2014
A trader watches television as he sits in his shop in a television, satellite and computer shopping centre...
Kabul, Afghanistan
A trader watches television as he sits in his shop in a television, satellite and computer shopping centre...
A trader watches television as he sits in his shop in a television, satellite and computer shopping centre in Kabul March 3, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS)

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March 27, 2014
An Afghan couple climb the stairs as they carry a LCD-TV at a television, satellite and computer shopping...
Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan couple climb the stairs at a television, satellite and computer shopping centre in Kabul
An Afghan couple climb the stairs as they carry a LCD-TV at a television, satellite and computer shopping centre in Kabul March 3, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 27, 2014
An interior view of the City Walk shopping mall in central Kabul March 10, 2014. Despite decades of conflict...
Kabul, Afghanistan
An interior view of the City Walk shopping mall in central Kabul
An interior view of the City Walk shopping mall in central Kabul March 10, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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March 27, 2014
A customer stands in an Apple computer store at Majid shopping mall in Kabul's business district March...
Kabul, Afghanistan
A customer stands in an Apple computer store at Majid shopping mall in Kabul's business district
A customer stands in an Apple computer store at Majid shopping mall in Kabul's business district March 4, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

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March 27, 2014
A man walks past a clothes shop at a shopping mall in central Kabul March 9, 2014. Despite decades of...
Kabul, Afghanistan
A man walks past a clothes shop at a shopping mall in central Kabul
A man walks past a clothes shop at a shopping mall in central Kabul March 9, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS)

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March 27, 2014
An Afghan bodybuilder and owner of a bodybuilding club poses for a photograph at his club in Kabul March...
Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan bodybuilder and owner of a bodybuilding club poses for a photograph at his club in Kabul
An Afghan bodybuilder and owner of a bodybuilding club poses for a photograph at his club in Kabul March 5, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS SPORT)

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March 27, 2014
An Afghan female power-lifter demonstrates during a local sport ceremony in a stadium in Kabul March...
Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan female power-lifter demonstrates during a local sport ceremony in a stadium in Kabul
An Afghan female power-lifter demonstrates during a local sport ceremony in a stadium in Kabul March 8, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SPORT)

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March 27, 2014
Afghan women watch a local sport ceremony in a stadium in Kabul March 8, 2014. Despite decades of conflict...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan women watch a local sport ceremony in a stadium in Kabul
Afghan women watch a local sport ceremony in a stadium in Kabul March 8, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS SPORT)

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An Afghan athlete performs during a sporting event at a stadium in Kabul March 8, 2014. Despite decades...
Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan athlete performs during a sporting event at a stadium in Kabul
An Afghan athlete performs during a sporting event at a stadium in Kabul March 8, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS SPORT)

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Kabul, Afghanistan
A female soccer player controls a ball during a training session at the Golab Trust Sport Complex in...
A female soccer player controls a ball during a training session at the Golab Trust Sport Complex in Kabul March 10, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS SPORT SOCCER)

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Men watch the Esteghlal women's soccer team training at the Golab Trust Sport Complex in Kabul March...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Men watch the Esteghlal women's soccer team training at the Golab Trust Sport Complex in Kabul
Men watch the Esteghlal women's soccer team training at the Golab Trust Sport Complex in Kabul March 10, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY SPORT SOCCER)

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Kabul, Afghanistan
A boy carrying a plastic bag walks near a billboard advertising a university in Kabul
A boy carrying a plastic bag walks near a billboard advertising a university in Kabul March 9, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS EDUCATION)

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An Afghan man roller blades along a street in Kabul March 7, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan,...
Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan man roller blades along a street in Kabul
An Afghan man roller blades along a street in Kabul March 7, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY)

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Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan man walks under a billboard in Kabul
An Afghan man walks under a billboard advertising Maryam Barkazi, an independent candidate for the upcoming provincial council election, in Kabul March 9, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates.Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY)

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A baby lies on a bed in the Afghan German International hospital in Kabul March 9, 2014. Despite decades...
Kabul, Afghanistan
A baby lies on a bed in the Afghan German International hospital in Kabul
A baby lies on a bed in the Afghan German International hospital in Kabul March 9, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH SOCIETY)

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A radiographer takes a X-ray of a patient's chest at the Afghan German International hospital in Kabul...
A radiographer takes a X-ray of a patient's chest at the Afghan German International hospital in Kabul March 9, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS HEALTH)

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Afghan artist Shamsia Hassani poses for a photograph on the roof of her graffiti workshop in Kabul March...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan artist Shamsia Hassani poses for a photograph on the roof of her graffiti workshop in Kabul
Afghan artist Shamsia Hassani poses for a photograph on the roof of her graffiti workshop in Kabul March 2, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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Afghan men walk past the education ministry building in Kabul March 8, 2014. Despite decades of conflict...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan men walk past the education ministry building in Kabul
Afghan men walk past the education ministry building in Kabul March 8, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION SOCIETY)

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Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan social activist and member of Peace Street NGO paints a graffiti on a wall of the education...
An Afghan social activist and member of Peace Street NGO paints a graffiti on a wall of the education ministry building in Kabul March 8, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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An Afghan man walks past a 3G logo in central Kabul March 9, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan,...
Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan man walks past a 3G logo in central Kabul
An Afghan man walks past a 3G logo in central Kabul March 9, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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March 27, 2014
A security guard sits in front of a barber shop outside the Kabul-Dubai wedding hall in Kabul March 8,...
Kabul, Afghanistan
A security guard sits in front of a barber shop outside the Kabul-Dubai wedding hall in Kabul
A security guard sits in front of a barber shop outside the Kabul-Dubai wedding hall in Kabul March 8, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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A hairstylist cuts hair for a customer at his barber shop in Kabul March 6, 2014. Despite decades of...
Kabul, Afghanistan
A hairstylist cuts hair for a customer at his barber shop in Kabul
A hairstylist cuts hair for a customer at his barber shop in Kabul March 6, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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A customer sits in a barber shop in Kabul March 12, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan,...
Kabul, Afghanistan
A customer sits in a barber shop in Kabul
A customer sits in a barber shop in Kabul March 12, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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A couple walk hand-in-hand at a local bazaar in Kabul, March 13, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in...
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A couple walk hand-in-hand at a local bazaar in Kabul
A couple walk hand-in-hand at a local bazaar in Kabul, March 13, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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Kabul, Afghanistan
A groom stands next to his car as he poses for a photograph in Kabul
A groom stands next to his car as he poses for a photograph just after leaving a barber shop in Kabul March 6, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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A wedding photographer shows bridal portraits at his photo studio in Kabul March 6, 2014. Despite decades...
Kabul, Afghanistan
A wedding photographer shows bridal portraits at his photo studio in Kabul
A wedding photographer shows bridal portraits at his photo studio in Kabul March 6, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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An Afghan young boy stands in front of a bridal dress shop in Kabul March 5, 2014. Despite decades of...
Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan young boy stands in front of a bridal dress shop in Kabul
An Afghan young boy stands in front of a bridal dress shop in Kabul March 5, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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Afghan boys play near a residential complex which is under construction in Kabul, March 5, 2014. Despite...
Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan boys play near a residential complex which is under construction in Kabul
Afghan boys play near a residential complex which is under construction in Kabul, March 5, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION POLITICS SOCIETY)

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Afghan vendors sit under an advertising billboard in Kabul March 5, 2014. Despite decades of conflict...
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Afghan vendors sit under an advertising billboard in Kabul
Afghan vendors sit under an advertising billboard in Kabul March 5, 2014. Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates. Picture taken March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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