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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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