It was pitch black outside when Sana-ul-Haq began his work day at 3.00 am. Most of the village was still sound asleep as he got dressed and headed over to the nearby brick kiln, where he worked with his father and siblings.
Matiullah, who lives in western Kandahar, started his life with what many deem a severe strike against any chance of success: a congenitally disabled left leg. Matiullah’s youth was dogged by poverty at a very young age, he began working in the poppy fields as lancer to help his family earn enough to survive. The money he earned was never enough but he had no other choice because of his leg.
Roya, a 40-year-old mother of nine, is the sole provider for her children. She works throughout the day to bake the distinctive Afghan flatbread known as naan in a windowless room. Her face is swaddled in a covering both white with flour and dark with soot.
Graduating from college didn’t immediately pry open job opportunities for 21 year old Fereshta Faizi.
Most Afghans enjoy candy with their tea every day. The market for candy is strong.
Last updated: July 27, 2016