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  • Herat Afghanistan, boys work washing cars in auto-repair shops near the ruins of an ancient mosque whose remaining minarets are historic landmarks of Herat. Child labour is very common in Afghanistan and is commonly accepted without much stigma. Virtually all of the jobs outside the home are done by boys.

  • IDPs fetch water to bring to their camp which has no services in Karizak, (near Herat) ,Afghanistan 13. 04.2015 These IDPs photographed are from several different ethnic groups that have moved over the last two years to the outskirts of Heart to an area called Karizak. Some of them are fleeing instability or conflict, but many of them are also economic migrants.

  • Participants at a vaccination program in Torkum, Afghanistan, 2015 A child recieves his polio vaccine while on the bus that is at the Torkham Afghan/Pakistan border crossing East of Jalalabad. This outreach program of vaccination for polio is part of the nation-wide eradication program.

  • Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 18 Apr. 2015 A male nurse works to stabilise a boy who was seriously injured in the bombing of the Afghan bank in Jalalabad. Over 100 people were injured by the blast, including several children. The bombing that targeted lines of government workers waiting outside a bank for their paycheques. The attack was credited to ISIS in Aghanistan.

  • Herat Afghanistan, boys work washing cars in auto-repair shops near the ruins of an ancient mosque whose remaining minarets are historic landmarks of Herat. Child labour is very common in Afghanistan and is commonly accepted without much stigma. Virtually all of the jobs outside the home are done by boys.

  • IDPs fetch water to bring to their camp which has no services in Karizak, (near Herat) ,Afghanistan 13. 04.2015 These IDPs photographed are from several different ethnic groups that have moved over the last two years to the outskirts of Heart to an area called Karizak. Some of them are fleeing instability or conflict, but many of them are also economic migrants.

  • Participants at a vaccination program in Torkum, Afghanistan, 2015 A child recieves his polio vaccine while on the bus that is at the Torkham Afghan/Pakistan border crossing East of Jalalabad. This outreach program of vaccination for polio is part of the nation-wide eradication program.

  • Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 18 Apr. 2015 A male nurse works to stabilise a boy who was seriously injured in the bombing of the Afghan bank in Jalalabad. Over 100 people were injured by the blast, including several children. The bombing that targeted lines of government workers waiting outside a bank for their paycheques. The attack was credited to ISIS in Aghanistan.

I worked around Afghanistan for UNICEF in the spring of 2015. Everywhere I found scenes of daily life filled with the struggles but also the joys of childhood. Education, health care, play, work (fairly common in Afghanistan and not highly stygmatized) all unfold as in many other developing countries. But behind the scenes of normalcy there lurks the ever-present threat of violence, and the long-term impact of this insecurity can only be surmised.