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As commerce and construction boomed, Kabul became a city of scams. Unscupulous Afghans set up "non profit" agencies as a way to siphon aid money and circumvent building fees. Bazaars sold U.N Emergency blankets and plastic pouched U.S. army rations. Landlords evicted their Afghan tenants, slapped on some paint, and re-rented their houses to foreign agencies at ten times the previous rent. during the Taliban years, I used to buy my basic supplies (scratchy Chinese toilet paper, laundry detergent from Pakistan) from a glum man named Asad Chelsi who ran a tiny, dusty grocery store. By the time I left,he had build a gleaming supermarket, filled with foreign aid workers and affluent Afghan customers. The shelves displayed French cheese, German cutlery, and american pet food. A born entreprenuer, Asad now greeted everyone like an old friend and repeated his cheerful mantra: If I don't have what you want now, I can get it for you tomorrow.

— Afghan development, pro and con  

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