21 Powerful Portraits Of Afghan Refugee Children

Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen has captured candid photos of Afghan refugee children playing in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. posted on

1. laiba Hazrat, age 6.

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2. Awal Gul, age 12.

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For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and the fighting their country has undergone.

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3. Nazmina Bibi, age 7.

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4. Ibraheem Rahees, age 8.

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5. Naseebah Zarghoul, age 6.

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6. Hazrat Babir, age 7.

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Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home country, according to the U.N.’s refugee agency.

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7. Gul Bibi Shamra, age 3.

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8. Akhtar Babrek, age 13.

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9. Zarlakhta Nawab, age 6.

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10. Abdulrahman Bahadir, age 13.

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11. Robina Haseeb, age 5.

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12. Hayat Khan, age 8.

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13. Gullakhta Nawab, age 6.

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14. Waheed Wazir, age 6.

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15. Allam Ahmad, age 6.

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16. Madina Juma’a, age 4.

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17. Basmina, age 3.

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18. Shahzada Saleem, age 15, holds his nephew Satara, age two months.

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19. Khalzarin Zirgul, age 6, holds her cousin, Zaman, age three months.

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20. Safia Mourad, age 4.

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21. Noorkhan Zahir, age 6.

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