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Children in Afghanistan work to extract country's vast mineral wealth

NPR's Quil Lawrence reports:

Afghanistan faces the daunting prospect of a drastic reduction in foreign aid, which currently makes up about 90 percent of the country's revenue. Some have seen an economic life raft in geological surveys that indicate huge deposits of copper, iron, uranium and lithium in various parts of the country. But multinational mining firms have been slow to invest in Afghanistan — not least because of questions about stability after American troops draw down. Full story

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Young Afghan miners take a rest at a coal mine in Samangan province, north of Kabul on April 3, 2012. Afghanistan is believed to have mineral reserves worth as much as 3 trillion USD which could theoretically generate billions of dollars in tax revenue for the troubled country.



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An Afghan miner unloads coal from his donkeys outside a coal mine in Samangan province.

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An Afghan miner walks with his donkey loaded with coal outside a coal mine in Samangan province.

 

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An Afghan miner works inside a coal mine in Samangan province.

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