Afganistan: Barren Fields Recover From Taliban

Inter Press Service: Ahmed Nawaz, a 55-year-old farmer in northwestern Pakistan's Swat valley, rues the day the Taliban arrived in his beautiful land, known for its rolling mountains, lush fields and blossoming orchards. "The earth became barren," he says. "Our agricultural income used to be enough for the entire extended family, but for two years after the advent of the Taliban in 2007, we couldn't cultivate our lands," Nawaz tells IPS. Swat is in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The Taliban had a strong presence......

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