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Does This Man Have The World's Toughest Job? Meet The Mayor Of Kabul

Muhammad Yunus Nawandish spent 30 years working in anonymity as an energy-sector engineer, until the call came with an offer he couldn't refuse. Now, leading his ever complicated home city means putting his past experience to work, like lighting

Kabul Mayor Muhammad Yunus Nawandish before the Solar Street Light Project (isafmedia)
Kabul Mayor Muhammad Yunus Nawandish before the Solar Street Light Project (isafmedia)
Luis Lema

KABUL - They came from every corner, children holding their parents' hands, their eyes wide open with amazement. A hope, a symbol, a revolution around the corner: when the first streetlights began to light up, it was not only the end of decades of complete darkness in the Afghan capital, it was also a promise of new life.

But Kabul's street lighting is just one issue among thousand that Mayor Muhammad Yunus Nawandish must face, day and night. If a list of the world's most complicated jobs was compiled, "Mayor of Kabul" would be near the top. But Muhammad Yunus Nawandish insists it's also one of the most rewarding: "For the past 30 years, the people of this country lived under constant pressure. And all of a sudden, cheerfulness and joy can be part of their lives again. It's a completely different psychological state."

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