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A major international donor conference in Kabul is pushing forward the reconstruction of Afghanistan. The U.S. and other international donors have spent years helping the country develop an energy strategy. But the results of those efforts are still far beyond its goal.
When the sun sets, Afghanistan is a sea of darkness, dotted with only specks of light.
Without lights, people cannot work and their children cannot play. The children sometimes sit around a kerosene lamp to do their homework, their books laid flat in a circle around the flame's flickering light.
Abdul Rahim, Kabul Resident, said, "Everybody who living in the area is without electricity. Day and night, we are counting the minutes until we will finally get electricity.If there is no electricity, life has no meaning."
An estimated nine out of 10 Afghans still live without access to power. Fewer than half a million of the country's 4.8 million households are connected to a national power grid.
Afghans improvise at home, relying on their own generators for power. For them, each nightfall is a reminder of promises not kept.
Since 2001, the U.S. and its partners have poured 1.6 billion US dollars into the electricity delivering project in Afghanistan.
The goal is to transform Afghanistan into a modern nation, focusing on reducing the country's reliance on diesel as a primary power source. But the energy from the U.S.-built plant is too costly and too difficult to acquire.
Although power may be available, residents of Kabul are not seeing the benefits. This diesel plant produces only a fraction of its promised 105 million watts of power.
Afghans can only afford the private generators and less expensive electricity from a high-voltage power line from Uzbekistan.