In Afghanistan, Collecting Scrap Metal Is a Risky Pursuit


TANGI VALLEY, Afghanistan — The father of six knew that where he was digging could kill him. But winter was approaching, and selling a few pounds of scrap metal peeled from a nearby abandoned military outpost could offset the rising prices of food and fuel as Afghanistan’s economy collapsed around him.

So Sayed Rahman and his 9-year-old son Javidullah set out to disassemble a few decaying fortifications scattered among the remains of the country’s last three wars.

“We found a mortar…



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