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

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

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A speedometer is seen at a driving school in Kabul.

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

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

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

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

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