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  Afghan kids run own radio shows
Updated 09 January 2004, 17.23
Qais, 14, reports the news
Children living in Afghanistan are finally being allowed to have their say on a special radio show made by kids.

Reporters Qais, Shagufa and Ilyas work on the station Good Morning Afghanistan, which is listened to by over 12 million people in the country.

They plan and write their own stories, choosing subjects they think are important for young people to hear.

Learning with Youth goes out three times a week and the children work on it in the mornings and evenings.

Paid

Qais, 14
Qais, 14

They're paid 31 a month, which is about the same as an adult would earn in Afghanistan.

Qais, Shagufa and Ilyas all lived in Afghanistan under the Taleban who were overthrown in 2002.

For years television and radio was shut down and life was very strict.

Scared

During Taleban rule Qais, 14, was arrested and spent three months in prison when he was only 12.

Shagufa, 11
Eleven-year-old Shagufa's family went into hiding and Ilyas, 11, lived in a refugee camp for six years.

Since working on the radio station Shagufa's done an interview with Afghanistan's leader President Karzai, and persuaded him to build more playgrounds.

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