Obstacles block Afghanistan's untapped wealth

Discovery of iron ore, lithium, copper and gold is not good news for everyone in the country.

Gul Rayhan Waziri heads the team of geologists that has discovered more than a billion tonnes of iron ore in Panjshir province, north of Kabul. Here he stands at one of the team's work sites. 

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PARYAN, PANJSHIR PROVINCE // Working out of a ramshackle office in a remote corner of Afghanistan, a small group of geologists have made a discovery with the potential to lift the local community from poverty and transform the nation's economy.