Acrid smog chokes Afghan capital : In Kabul, burning coal and tires keeps residents warm
The street cleaners huddled around a portable stove on the sidewalk to pour midday tea, taking sips underneath masks that filter acrid smog.
Mohammad Sharif's throat burned. His lungs ached. But he can't afford a doctor on his wages, any more than he can afford to use gas or electricity to heat his home.
Sharif burns wood, animal fat and sometimes plastic to keep himself and his family warm, although he knows that adds to the airborne toxins blanketing this city of 5 million.