Afghan vendors sit under an advertising billboard in Kabul on March 5.
Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and several recent militant attacks, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes cover the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5 that should mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history, but it has been hit by a tide of violence as the Islamist Taliban movement has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote and threatened to kill anyone who participates.
Afghan music students participate in a music training session at a cultural and educational center in Kabul on March 7.
An Afghan bodybuilder and owner of a bodybuilding club poses for a photograph at his club on March 5.
An Afghan athlete performs during a sporting event at a stadium in Kabul on March 8.
A security guard sits in front of a barber shop outside the Kabul-Dubai wedding hall on March 8.
A mannequin is displayed in a shop window on March 9.
An Afghan man walks past a 3G logo in central Kabul on March 9.
Afghan artist Shamsia Hassani poses for a photograph on the roof of her graffiti workshop on March 2.
A trader watches television as he sits in his shop in a television, satellite and computer shopping center on March 3.
Boys play computer games at a market on March 2.
An Afghan couple carries an LCD-TV at a television, satellite and computer shopping center in Kabul on March 3.