UNDP launches Hack4Integrity hackathon event in Kabul
In the early morning of a harsh Kabul winter, almost everything is frozen, including the surface of Kol-e-Hashmat Khan lake. The black gravestones of the cemetery by the lake, the snow-capped crags of the mountains behind, and the brown reeds emerging from the frozen water, combine to create a haunting beauty.
Farzana is a 23-year old graphic design student at Kabul University. She is also an activist campaigning for women’s rights.
Imagine a situation where just going to school puts your life at risk. Under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, this was the situation for Nilab Aria and many others. In second grade, she had to be homeschooled by her mother.
For Karima, one of the happiest moments of her life was when she earned her first thousand Afghani (US$ 15), when she sold a kilo of honey made from her own bee-keeping business. It may seem like a small amount, but for Karima it was life changing!
“Last winter many homeless people living with HIV died on the streets. We are trying to save more people this year,” says Idris.
In small forest near Guldara district of Kabul, Shakila sits on a rock to rest after collecting wood for her cookstove. Her eyes water and she finds it hard to breathe, and a fit of coughing overcomes her.

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31.7%

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35.8%

of population living below the national poverty line

17.5

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