According to the CIA World Factbook, an Afghan's life expectancy is merely 44 years
The war in Afghanistan did not start in 2001 with the US invasion. It began 30 years ago in December 1979, when the former Soviet Union invaded the country. The human toll of the conflict is staggering
: more than a million Afghans have been killed and 3 million maimed.
There is no law and order in most of Afghanistan. Government barely exists in Kabul. Former warlords are the leaders.
Almost two generations of Afghan children have grown up seeing nothing but war, bombing, homelessness and hunger. They are an easy target for those who want to play Afghans against each other, through money, drugs and guns.
In seven years of US occupation of Afghanistan, the government of Hamid Karzai and American influence have remained limited to Kabul and a few other smaller areas. Now it is not just the Americans, NATO and Pakistan which are playing their cards, but India, Russia and Iran also have increased embassy staff and active participation in carving a realm of power in Afghanistan.Abdul Malik Mujahid: Why Do Afghans Have a Life Expectancy of Only ...