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Photos: Kids in war-torn Afghanistan still know how to play

Play is vital to a child’s development. Not only does it help with school and social skills, play also teaches counterfactual thinking, or what psychologist Alison Gopnik described for the Smithsonian as “thinking about different possibilities.”

In war-torn Afghanistan, then, it’s particularly heartening to see Kabul’s children play on makeshift merry-go-rounds, swings, and carousels. Afghan officials recently banned the sale of toy guns, after more than 100 people were injured playing with them during the recent Eid-al-Fitr holiday in Afghanistan.

(Reuters/Omar Sobhani)
Afghan children sit on a wooden merry-go-round on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday in Kabul September 30, 2008.
Afghan children sit on a wooden merry-go-round. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)
An Afghan boy plays on a merry-go-round.
An Afghan boy plays on a merry-go-round. (Rueters/Ahmad Masood)
Afghan children play on a swing.
Afghan children play on a swing. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)
Afghan boys play on swings outside a closed shop.
Afghan boys play on swings outside a closed shop. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)
A boy plays at a playground.
A boy plays at a playground. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)
Girls play on a swing in Baghe Zanana park and shopping area for women and children only.
Girls play on a swing in Baghe Zanana park and shopping area for women and children only. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)
Afghan children enjoy a ride.
Afghan children enjoy a ride. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)
Children play on a ride on the second day of Eid al-Adha.
Children play on a ride on the second day of Eid al-Adha. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

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