07 Mar A Dead End for Afghan Children Adrift in Pakistan (New York Times)
KARACHI, Pakistan — Just off a side street near one of this city’s wealthiest neighborhoods is a small, well-hidden compound surrounded by an eight-foot metal fence. Inside it are mountains of trash, a handful of embittered Afghan men and a dozen young Afghan boys with dirt-caked faces, hands and clothes.
The boys, refugees who have been abandoned or forced by their parents to work, live in the compound, collecting and sorting garbage the men sell to recycling companies. On a given day, they sift through rotting vegetables, broken glass and syringes.