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AFGHANISTAN. Kabul Province. Kabul. March 29, 2016. The Silent Victims Of A Forgotten War. At the hospital, Najiba holds her two-year-old nephew Shabir who was injured in a bomb blast. 

Afghanistan has endured armed conflict since 1979, when the Soviet Union invaded. Afghan civilians are at greater risk today than at any time since Taliban rule, which ended in 2001. According to UN statistics, in the first half of 2016 at least 1,600 people died, and more than 3,500 people were injured. Despite billions of dollars spent by the international community to stabilise the country, Afghanistan has seen little improvement in terms of overall stability and human security.

Daily Life, First Prize, Singles at the World Press Photo Contest.

Photograph: Paula Bronstein for Time Lightbox/Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

The photo of the drowned Syrian boy stopped the world, yet his is not a singular story. These images also deserve to be seen.

Syrian refugees sneak into Hungary by climbing underneath the barbed-wired border between Serbia and Hungary.

Hungarian police officers detain a refugee and her baby.

Migrants fight over a bottle of water distributed by an aid worker in Greece.

As Syrian refugees wait on railway tracks at night to migrate from northern Greece into southern Macedonia, a man feeds his baby nephew.

A Hungarian police officer stops and questions two Syrian boys after they crossed the Hungarian boarder from Serbia.

Afghan refugees who were smuggled into Greece rest in a temporary shelter.

Syrian refugees wait on the train tracks to cross the Greece-Macedonia border.

A young migrant in Hungary refuses to leave the train station for fear of being taken to a refugee camp.

Migrants help an old man cross railway tracks in Hungary.

A refugee boy looks through the fence of an overcrowded migrant processing center in Serbia.

This is only scratching the surface of a massive global problem.

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The Hidden Light of Afghanistan -  Photographer Monika Bulaj shares powerful, intimate images of Afghanistan – of home life, of ritual, of men and women. Behind the headlines, what does the world truly know about this place?