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Afghan Kids Answer Your Questions

Atman and his extended family live in northern Afghanistan in an area where the Northern Alliance and the Taliban fought for several years. During the fighting they became refugees and the family was split apart. Some family went to stay with relatives in Pakistan and he and his parents and siblings lived with family in Badakshan (northeast Afghanistan). They all returned home this year.

What is family life like in Afghanistan?

Answer: We have a very large family. I live with my parents, second mother, three brothers, two half sisters, two half brothers, and my uncle's family and his six kids and a wife. My grandmother lives with us, too. So, we have 18 people in our home. And sometimes we have cousins come visit from other villages. It is nice having so many people around. There is always someone to play with or have help with the work. Sometimes my mom doesn't get along with my grandmother, but they always make up quickly. My father is in charge and he doesn't like anyone to fight. The only problem is that our house is very small. It only has four rooms. Before the war there were two houses. We want to rebuild the second house so we have more room.

Atman, 8, Burka, Baghlan Province