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A New Day in Kabul

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The Shattered City
Photograph by Steve McCurry

In the southern part of old Kabul, "urban sprawl" consists of cobbled-together housing and the remains of buildings devastated during the bitter internecine strife between guerrilla factions in the early 1990s. Ironically the Afghan capital suffered little damage during the Soviet occupation of the 1980s, when much of the fighting took place in the mountains and deserts outside the capital. Now in a phase of tenuous peace after more than two decades of war, the city daily swells with new construction and returning refugees with hopes for their nation's future.

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