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Image: An instructor teaches a man how to drive a car during a practical lesson at a driving school in Kabul

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Behind the Wheel: Afghanis Learn to Drive in Kabul

Afghanistan students learn to drive in Kabul, one of the world's fastest growing cities.

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Image: Vehicles drive at a junction in downtown Kabul

Kabul is one of the world's fastest growing cities and its streets are increasingly blocked by cars and buses. In the city's private driving schools, students pay a $60 fee for a 45-day course, which includes oral and practical driving tests at the country's Traffic Department.

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Image: An instructor teaches a man how to drive a car during a practical lesson at a driving school in Kabul

An instructor teaches a man how to drive a car during a practical lesson at a driving school in Kabul.

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Image: An instructor teaches women about a car's mechanics during a technical lesson at a driving school in Kabul

An instructor teaches women about a car's mechanics during a technical lesson at a driving school in Kabul.

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Image: A speedometer is seen at a driving school in Kabul

A speedometer is seen at a driving school in Kabul.

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Image: Tahmina talks to her instructor during a practical lesson at a driving school in Kabul

Tahmina, (R) talks to her instructor during a practical lesson at a driving school in Kabul.

Some of the women who have signed up say learning to drive is a way to escape unwanted gazes and physical harassment on the cramped, crowded minibuses that are often the only method of urban public transport.

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Image: Kanaz listens to her instructor during a practical driving test in Kabul

Kanaz, 21, listens to her instructor (unseen) during a practical driving lesson in Kabul.

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Image: An Afghan man takes an eye test before receiving a driving license at a traffic police department in Kabul

An Afghan man takes an eye test before receiving a driving license at a traffic police department in Kabul.

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Image: Afghan men wait as an official holds their driving test papers at a traffic police department in Kabul

Afghan men wait as an official (L) holds their driving test papers at a traffic police department in Kabul.

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Image: A chart of students who completed their training is seen on a wall at a driving school in Kabul

A chart of students who completed their training is seen on a wall at a driving school.

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