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Afghan life after the Taleban
Afghan carpet weavers honour their martyred warlords
Crossing Continents: Afghan warlords threaten stability was broadcast on Thursday, 2 January, 2003 on BBC Radio 4 at 1100 GMT and was repeated on Monday, 6 January, 2003 on BBC Radio 4 at 2030 GMT.

A year on from establishment of the Western-backed government in Kabul, Tim Whewell looks at what's changed in Afghanistan through the eyes of one family.

Hekmatullah is 28 and recently qualified as a doctor in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

But there is no work for him here because the authorities can't afford to pay him.

As he struggles to provide for his wife and three children it looks increasingly likely that Jalalabad is going to fall back under the sway of the war lords who terrorised and destroyed much of the country before the Taleban takeover.

Tim Whewell asks whether ordinary people are in danger of being forgotten in marriage of convenience between the war lords and the West.

Correspondent: Tim Whewell
Producer: Tim Mansel
Editor: Maria Balinska
Online Producer: Andrew Jeffrey


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