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Last Updated: Monday November 22 2010 11:45 GMT

In pics: Children of Kabul

Children have always worked in Afghanistan. The money they bring in is really important to their families.

Kabul is a city full of children. Half the people living in Afghanistan are under 18 and they lead really busy lives, cramming in school, work and play.

Football team in Kabul

I went to meet some football fans at a kick about in Kabul. These guys dream of playing professionally. But they spend most of their time working.

Football team in Kabul

Many of them clean cars or shine shoes on the street. And most of them don't have tellys in their homes so can only watch their favourite teams on TVs in shop windows.

Child working in Kabul

Children have always worked in Afghanistan. The money they bring in is really important to their families.

Maryam and Freshta

I met Maryam and her big sister Freshta. They weave carpets at home every day, to help support their family. But they're also getting an education.

Shima at the community education centre

Maryam and Freshta are learning to read at a community centre run by UK charity Children in Crisis, along with their friend Shima, 13. And they've got big plans for their future.

Children have always worked in Afghanistan. The money they bring in is really important to their families.

School only lasts up to three hours a day in Afghanistan. Children go to class in shifts and that means they can fit their work in too. Razia helps out in her parents' bakery.

Afghan girls playig cricket

Cricket is becoming a really big deal in Afghanistan. Lots of kids learnt how to play while they were in refugee camps in Pakistan, which is just across the border.

Raees Ahmadzai came to Kabul and helped set up Afghanistan's first ever national cricket team and last year played in the Twenty-20 cricket world cup.

Raees Ahmadzai came to Kabul and helped set up Afghanistan's first ever national cricket team. Last year he played in the Twenty-20 cricket world cup.

Sonali and two Afghan cricket fans.

Under the Taliban girls could never have taken part in the cricket camp. In Afghanistan sport has always been a boys thing. But not anymore!