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Seamus Murphy

The same perspective in April 2021, overlooking Maiwand Square with Jade Maiwand running west towards the mountain, and the Pul-I-Kishti Mosque on the right. Kabul has become one of the world’s fastest-growing cities. The toppling of the Taliban in 2001 and the hope of increased security and economic possibilities enticed many Afghans to move there: people displaced by fighting in the countryside, refugees returning from Pakistan and Iran, and hordes of labourers simply looking for a better life. The city, however, has been unable to keep up with such fast-paced urbanisation, and seems incapable of providing jobs and services to sustain all its newcomers.

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