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Living high above Kabul

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Ahmad Tazim, who makes a living as a construction worker, stands with his two sons Naim, 5, and Karim, 2, in front of his home in the hillside neighborhood of Jamal Mina high above Kabul on Sept. 27.

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A young resident of the hillside neighborhood of Jamal Mina rides a donkey down to a water collection point high above Kabul on Sept. 27.

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Saber, a resident of the hillside neighborhood of Jamal Mina applies a layer of concrete to a room he was adding to his home high above downtown Kabul on Sept. 27.

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A resident of the hillside neighborhood of Jamal Mina stands in front of his home high over Kabul on Sept. 27.

According to an AFP report, approximately 20 percent of Kabul's more than 5 million residents live on houses built on the steep hills surrounding the Afghan city. Running water was recently installed on some homes in the Jamal Mina neighborhood but open sewers still run down hill.

According to the World Bank more than a third of the population of Afghanistan live below the poverty line, more than half are vulnerable and at serious risk of falling into poverty.

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More than ten years after the beginning of the war, Afghanistan faces external pressure to reform as well as ongoing internal conflicts.

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