"After decades of war and harsh years during the Taliban, people in Mazar-e-Sharif are at last relatively safe" says Ole. "But that doesn't mean they don't suffer from poverty and all the other problems of a developing country." © Claus Larsen / Ole Damkjæ

"I met people who told me that living under the Taliban was like a nightmare. One man, called Mr Eisaq, told me: 'Now security is better, and people can go to work.'" © Claus Larsen / Ole Damkjæ

"Mr Eisaq is an ethnic hazar and so a Shia Muslim. For that alone, he would have been persecuted when Mazar-e-Sharif was under Taliban control." © Claus Larsen / Ole Damkjæ

"Now the Taliban is out and NATO is in - helping his village with a brand new school. NATO provides the bricks and other building materials and the local people supply the manpower." © Claus Larsen / Ole Damkjæ

"I met a 30 year old shoemaker called Aman. He already looked like an old man with his wrinkled face. He told me: 'It's not easy. I am earning between 100 and 150 Afghanis (around two dollars) a day. But to support my family, I need at least double that.'" © Claus Larsen / Ole Damkjæ

"Aman works on the pavement in front of the huge mosque in the centre of Mazar-e-Sharif. Despite his financial difficulties, he is grateful that he no longer needs to worry about the safety of his family." © Claus Larsen / Ole Damkjæ

"He told me: 'I don't know a lot about NATO, but I have heard about ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) who has come to help the police. That's very good. And ISAF brings chocolate for our children.'" © Claus Larsen / Ole Damkjæ

"After decades of war and harsh years during the Taliban, people in Mazar-e-Sharif are at last relatively safe" says Ole. "But that doesn't mean they don't suffer from poverty and all the other problems of a developing country." © Claus Larsen / Ole Damkjæ

"I met people who told me that living under the Taliban was like a nightmare. One man, called Mr Eisaq, told me: 'Now security is better, and people can go to work.'" © Claus Larsen / Ole Damkjæ

"Mr Eisaq is an ethnic hazar and so a Shia Muslim. For that alone, he would have been persecuted when Mazar-e-Sharif was under Taliban control." © Claus Larsen / Ole Damkjæ

"Now the Taliban is out and NATO is in - helping his village with a brand new school. NATO provides the bricks and other building materials and the local people supply the manpower." © Claus Larsen / Ole Damkjæ

"I met a 30 year old shoemaker called Aman. He already looked like an old man with his wrinkled face. He told me: 'It's not easy. I am earning between 100 and 150 Afghanis (around two dollars) a day. But to support my family, I need at least double that.'" © Claus Larsen / Ole Damkjæ

"Aman works on the pavement in front of the huge mosque in the centre of Mazar-e-Sharif. Despite his financial difficulties, he is grateful that he no longer needs to worry about the safety of his family." © Claus Larsen / Ole Damkjæ

"He told me: 'I don't know a lot about NATO, but I have heard about ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) who has come to help the police. That's very good. And ISAF brings chocolate for our children.'" © Claus Larsen / Ole Damkjæ

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