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Kabul tales: Video snapshots

Afghan leaders and international donors are meeting in Paris to discuss the country's future. The Afghan President Hamid Karzai will present a $50 billion plan to re-build his nation.

But what are the challenges that ordinary Afghans face - and what do they want from the leaders?

Correspondents Martin Patience and Bhas Solanki spoke to three Afghans in Kabul.


Teacher Nazeefa Nazeer on the challenges in education

Rebuilding schools

Education in Afghanistan has improved since the American-led invasion in 2001 - 6.5 million children are now in school, 35% of whom are girls.

But there are still major challenges - only 40% of schools in the country have buildings.

The Afghan government wants an extra $4.5bn for schools. Afghan teacher Nazeefa Nazeer (above) told us about what more they need.

Price of food

In spite of international assistance, 53% of Afghans live below the poverty line and 70% do not have a guaranteed supply of food.

The high prices of wheat have adversely hit Afghanistan in recent months. Many families are struggling more than ever to make ends meet.

Taj Mohammed, a baker in Kabul, told us about the struggles he and his customers face.


Kabul baker Taj Mohammed on staying in business

Finding work

There is still a shortage of work and educated workers are not always able to use their skills.

Many Afghans feel they need to go abroad in order to fulfil potential.

Mohammed Shakib is a student who doesn't expect to find a suitable job once he graduates.


Mohammed talks about life as a student and taxi driver

The conference is designed to help and secure a prosperous future for Afghanistan.

But many officials believe it will take the country decades to recover from almost 30 years of war.

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