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An Afghan laborer's lot

Ahmad Masood / Reuters

A laborer, right, who works at a coal dump site, cleans his face after washing in the early morning hours outside Kabul, Afghanistan, on October 18.

Ahmad Masood / Reuters

A laborer, working at a coal dump site outside Kabul, warms his hands in the early morning on October 18.

Ahmad Masood / Reuters

A laborer takes a break as he sits on coal at a coal dump site outside Kabul on October 18.

Reuters photographer Ahmad Masood spent some time with a group of Afghan laborers at a coal dump site outside Kabul. Each laborer earns $10 on an average working day, Masood reports. Most of them come from the northern provinces, leaving their families behind in search of fortune in the capital.

See more images of Afghanistan on PhotoBlog and in our slideshow: Nation at a crossroads.