National Geographic : 2002 Dec
COST OF CONFLICT Teetering remnants of war give southern Kabul a distinct Dresden look. Though little damaged in the Soviet occupation of the 1980s, the city was devas tated during internecine strife among rival guerrilla groups between 1992 and 1996. Yet in the shadows of shattered buildings, tarps rise over families returning after years away as refugees, and merchants set up shop. Commerce thrives in the less heavily hit Deh-Afghanan commercial district (below), where a street vendor sells fresh yogurt.