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Kabul Housing Shortage Leaves The Middle Class Behind

A Eurasianet partner post from <a href="http://www.rferl.org/content/kabul_housing_shortage_leaves_the_middle_c…;

KABUL -- Ahmad Saqib spends over three hours a day commuting between his rented house in the northern Afghan town of Jabal Saraj and the capital Kabul, where he works as an accountant.

"By the time I get home in the evening, I'm exhausted and have no energy to chat with my family," says the father of five. "I wish I had a place to live in Kabul, but it's beyond my means."

"In very cheap areas of Kabul, in places inaccessible to vehicles, located on hilltops far from city center, the rent prices for an average family house hover between 10,000 and 15,000 afghanis [about $220 to $330]."

That is well out of Saqib's price range, whose monthly salary of about $200 places him among the city's growing middle class but falls far short of what he would need to rent a home in Kabul, let alone purchase one.

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Kabul Housing Shortage Leaves The Middle Class Behind

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