National Geographic : 2007 Oct
PHOTO JOURNAL LANA K. SLEZIC "I was passing through a small village north of Kabul," Slezic says, "and I knocked on a door." These are two of the five children she found living inside. Their mother and father were both dead. An estimated two million Afghan children have lost parents. Government-run orphanages offer refuge to just 10,000 of them. Daughter of a policeman, Malalai Kakar joined the Kandahar police force 25 years ago. Always armed in public, the mother of six confronts the city's most violent crimes side by side with male col leagues. Slezic saw her catch a suspected kidnap per: "She had no fear." Kakar stopped wearing the chadri in 2005.