CaptionMaryam (9) covers herself with a scarf after leaving the damaged house where she found shelter. To survive, she collects wood and plastic to sell at a market. In Kabul, years of warfare forced many residents to flee. With the city in ruins, those that remained continued a struggle to survive. In 2001, American air strikes weakened the grip of the ruling Taliban regime, and by November, opposing Northern Alliance troops captured Kabul.