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The children of Mohammed Anwar warm themselves by a stove fueled by paper they collected around the camp on the outskirts of Kabul.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Young Afghans run near one of the makeshift camps for the displaced around Kabul, where more than 30,000 people have settled in illegal camps in search of jobs and shelter, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Abdel Shakur's family members, including 5-year-old Agira, came from Laghman province, where they were threatened by the Taliban. None of Shakur's children go to school.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Abdel Shakur, right, fled Laghman Province after his family was threatened by the Taliban five years ago. Shakur and his 10 family members live in mud huts on an empty lot. They survive tending other people's goats and cows, and doing odd jobs in the marketplace.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

The wife of clan patriarch Abdel Shakur, Zarzema, tends to cows. The family receives a small daily payment from Kabul butchers for the work.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Children at one of the camps on the outskirts of Kabul spend most of their day collecting paper and small sticks to burn for cooking and warmth.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Many children living in the camps around Kabul are without shoes. Night temperatures are already dipping to freezing or below.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A few lucky families wait to receive donated winter supplies from private citizens in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

More than 30,000 displaced Afghans have settled in illegal camps around Kabul.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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Displaced Afghans dread approaching winter

Afghanistan has nearly half a million displaced people, many living in primitive camps where the cold weather will mean death for some.

During last year’s exceptionally brutal winter, at least 42 people died of exposure or starvation in Parwan-a-Duh and other makeshift camps on Kabul’s shabby fringes, according to the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations. Almost all were children or elderly.

The French aid group Solidarites International puts the number higher, saying the cold killed more than 100 children alone in the numerous camps scattered in and around the capital.

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