Childhood can not be taken for granted in a place like Afghanistan.
On a walk through Kabul, it is inevitable to meet street children by the hundreds, rugged, rumpled, with wandering eyes and swollen red hands in the bitter cold of the Afghan winter.
Many of these children are orphans, who are a by-product of more than three decades of war. Many are left to their own devices to keep themselves alive while also struggling to support their families, including drug addict fathers, younger siblings, and unemployable mothers. For these children, opium is often an alternative to food – it helps to forget an empty stomach