A decade has passed since western forces intervened in Afghanistan, welcomed by most of Afghan people with hope. Alas, their presence did not bring peace and stability, on the contrary, security has deteriorated consistently. Although standards of living in big cities have improved with investments in electricity, thousands of cars driving around and modern devices used in daily life, the reality behind this external appearance, is rather gloomy. So is the outlook for the future.
Many civilians died as a side effect of on-going fighting, in misdirected bombing or suicide attacks, others suffered as victims of criminal activity, kidnapping or simply being threatened. Thousands, including those who arrived full of hope from exile, were again forced to flee their country.