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Afghanistan: Helmand's forgotten youths risk their lives to scavenge for abandoned bombs and shell casings01:41

Afghanistan: Helmand's forgotten youths risk their lives to scavenge for abandoned bombs and shell casings

Afghanistan, Helmnd
August 11, 2022 at 12:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Helmand province youngsters make a dangerous living out of digging in the soil for the remains of bombs and shells from the NATO-Taliban conflict and selling them, as footage filmed on Wednesday shows.

With unemployment now a big problem in the region, young people risk their lives to hack at the dirt, and collect iron and shell casings around abandoned military positions.

The scavenged items are sold in the market to buy food for their families.

The Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan after the US withdrew its forces in 2019, although many countries have refused to recognise the government’s legitimacy, while criticising restrictions on women’s rights.

Afghanistan: Helmand's forgotten youths risk their lives to scavenge for abandoned bombs and shell casings01:41
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Helmand province youngsters make a dangerous living out of digging in the soil for the remains of bombs and shells from the NATO-Taliban conflict and selling them, as footage filmed on Wednesday shows.

With unemployment now a big problem in the region, young people risk their lives to hack at the dirt, and collect iron and shell casings around abandoned military positions.

The scavenged items are sold in the market to buy food for their families.

The Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan after the US withdrew its forces in 2019, although many countries have refused to recognise the government’s legitimacy, while criticising restrictions on women’s rights.