AFGHAN REFUGEE CHILDREN IN PAKISTAN TRYING TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES

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The ill-fated children of Afghan refugees in Pakistan do menial jobs to rebuild their lives
 
Asfandey Khan, 9, starts his day at the stroke of dawn and goes to every corner of Faizabad bus terminal to collect waste paper, bottles, and metals for recycling. Dressed shabbily with a filthy garbage-collection bag perched on his shoulder, the young Afghan boy roams the streets and alleys of Rawalpindi, the adjoining city of Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.
 
He is a street kid. He has no home, and in his plight, he is not alone. “I am often violently abused by people in the streets. I was beaten several times by police for doing nothing. There is no one I can turn to,” says Asfandey, whose mother died at a camp for Afghan refugees in Peshawar three years ago. His father died when he was an infant.

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