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Life In Afghanistan



Afghanistan's economy has recovered greatly since the fall of the Taleban in 2001, but the country still remains one of the world's poorest, according to the World Bank.

The nation will probably need about 10 years of continued high levels of foreign aid to raise living standards from such low levels.

The opium trade is estimated to represent about one third of Afghanistan's total economic activity.

International organisations have warned that this booming drugs trade, combined with the weak rule of law, make poverty reduction even more difficult.



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