Most of Oruzgan province is rural and underdeveloped. Electricity and indoor plumbing are a rarity in most parts of the province. Young girls and boys collect water in yellow jugs from a stream and transport it by donkey to their homes.
A police officer pauses to pray on the road from Tarin Kowt to the north of Oruzgan province.
Under the leadership of Gen. Matiullah Khan, police officers are now paid regularly, most earning about $230 per month. They control the roads that lead in all directions from the town of Tarin Kowt, but roadside bombings continue to happen.
Police Officer Kalik Dad, 35, keeps watch from the top of a humvee on a road once controlled by the Taliban. Police now man checkpoints along the road in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan.
Gen. Matiullah Khan, police chief of Oruzgan province, has greatly improved security in the region using his large police force and private militia.