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Kabul life: Video snapshots

Afghanistan is commonly associated with violence. In a country wracked by almost 30 years of war, in many places normal life simply goes on.

But in the capital Kabul, how do some of the city's five million people shop, socialise and find work?

Correspondent Martin Patience and cameraman Bhas Solanki produced three films on these subjects.


Inside a Kabul shopping centre

Shopping for most Afghans involves going to the baker for bread and local shops for other provisions.

But in recent years, shopping centres have been built that cater to high-end tastes. The Safi Landmark is the most luxurious example and is located in the heart of Kabul.

Naijabullah is the manager of the electronics store.


Qurban Morad on what it is like to wait for work

Many Afghans get by on as a little as $1 a day. They are desperate for work to support their families.

In several spots in Kabul, thousands of day-labourers gather in the hope of picking up a day's work.

One labourer, Qurban Morad, talks about his experiences.


A typical Kabul wedding party

Weddings are the social cement of Afghan society. The middle-classes often spend their life savings on extravagant receptions costing upwards of $20,000 (13,500).

The event brings hundreds of friends, families and associates together for one glitzy night.

Nasil Bayod is manager of the wedding hall.

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