Torkham, Afghanistan (CNN) - Sabar Mina is cloaked in a light green shawl tinged with dirt. She is holding an empty flour sack that she plans on filling with firewood.
Her eyes are soft and kind, but they bear the signs of exhaustion. There's a reason for that. Instead of going to school, the eight-year-old walks an hour to work.
All day long Sabar takes items back and forth between two of the most dangerous countries in the world, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
There are hundreds of children just like her. One charitable organization there estimates 300 children per day work the border at Torkham.
In Afghanistan, the fight to heal broken minds clashes with the fight to break drug addiction. Doctors at Afghanistan's only state psychiatric hospital battle a shortage of beds and doctors, as well as a growing population turning to drugs in an attempt to deal with their personal issues.
We are driving along Jalalabad road. It is a smooth ride so far. The road was repaved a few years ago. The thick dust in the air has turned everything a soft rust color. There is a flurry of traffic heading into Kabul, but luckily we are going the other way. We are heading to Jalalabad and then to one of the border crossings with Pakistan. Up ahead I can see the craggy rocks of the mountains. It's soothing but I know things can get violent fast. Just two days ago along this road a car bomb exploded injuring several people outside the U.S. military camp we just passed pulling out of Kabul. The Taliban was targeting foreigners again.
CNN's Sara Sidner shares the unique challenges of covering the Afghan elections and the aftermath in Kabul for CNN International's "BackStory." Go behind-the-scenes as she takes you on the journey over three days.
By Sara Sidner
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - Sayedgul squats next to five of his six children. They lean on him and he responds by picking up his five month old baby girl. The traditional kohl smear around her eyes is running, she's been crying. She's fussy because she's teething. But here there is nothing to teethe on but a rock hard piece of bread. It satisfies her but the look in her father's eyes is one of desperation.
The family has just moved to a place they do not like, no one would. It's a fast-growing make-shift camp inhabited by war survivors and those looking for work in the big city of Kabul, Afghanistan. FULL POST
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - Why would anyone open a golf course in Afghanistan in the midst of war? One man in Afghanistan can answer that question with the kind of conviction that is hard to challenge. "Why not?" Mohammed Afzal Abdul said. "I like very much golf."
Actually he loves it - which could explain why Abdul has taken it upon himself to run the only golf course in the country. He is so passionate about it he has risked his life for the love of the game and the crumbling course.