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People Of Afghanistan On The State Of Their Country

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(KCEN) -- The Afghanistan of today is much different from the one Afghan translator, Rose, once knew.

"When the Taliban came, there was not school for girls. Nobody was allowed to go to school or outside of the houses," said Rose.

After 12 years of partnership with international forces, that's now changed, and one third of the country is in school.

That's 10 millions people out of 30 million getting an education.

Under Taliban rule there weren't any universities, but now 17 higher education institutions have opened, and 200 thousand students are enrolled.

Education is one of the greatest and newest weapons against the Taliban, along with communication lines, like phone and Internet, and infrastructure improvements.

All of these things beget knowledge and thus hope for a better life out from under the thumb of the Taliban.

It was just a few short years ago fellow translator, M.J., remembers life without cell phones.

"We have everything. People were just thinking about their family and how to feed them, but now they have a lot of stuff, we have paved roads, a lot of traffic in here, people have jobs and everything," M.J. said.

When asked about her hope for Afghanistan's future, Rose said, "The future is with the support of the community of NATO, of American forces, and the strength of the ten years they've been working here, especially with the stability of the Afghan Army, the police, everything. I think the future is bright."

Over the past ten years, the Afghan Army has grown from zero to 350 thousand strong.

U.S. forces are set to leave Afghanistan by the end of this year.

Reporter: Sophia Stamas sstamas@kcentv.com

Photographer: Jordan Bontke jbontke@kcentv.com

 

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