Eking Out an Existence in Kabul

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Friday, January 11, 2002

Abdul Majid sits on his wooden shoeshine box on a winter's afternoon in Kabul, shivering in his shawl as he scans the passersby for business. His eyes miss nothing -- he cannot afford to. At 12 years old, Majid is the principal wage earner for a family of seven. On a good day, Majid's cheerful smile can bring in $1.50, enough for bread and potatoes for all. On a bad day, they eat only bread.

Majid is one of some six million Afghans who have lost their homes in the...