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Afghan Kids Grow Up in a Foreign Land

This combination of 6 images taken between Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 and Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, shows Afghan refugee children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting their country has undergone. Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home country, according to the U.N.’s refugee agency. Muhammed Muheisen / AP

For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting their country has undergone.

Since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home country, according to the U.N.’s refugee agency, but many remain displaced.

Muhammed Muheisen, a photographer with The Associated Press, took these portraits of Afghan refugee children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan's capital city.